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The Great Blue Heron Rookery Revisited

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These Great Blue Heron juveniles were sitting in three sturdy nests comprising a rookery in the upper branches of a very tall, stout, Pine Tree.  The Great Blue Heron families were located next to a Koi Pond at a privately operated neighborhood park in my community.  I had included photographs of these herons a few weeks ago in a post here on the blog.  I decided to go and see how the chicks and their parents were doing.

I was quite surprised to see that instead of the two nests up in that tree, there were in fact, three nests!  Several of the juveniles are almost adult-sized birds now and I think they spread out instead of crowding into the two nest areas.  Way up in the crown of the tree is that third nest.  There were two much younger chicks in that nest.  One of the parent birds was standing watch from the tree next to the rookery.  Herons seem to be excellent parents.  This park and the nearby ranch, offers nesting areas, food, and water to these magnificent wading birds!  I took these pictures on May 7, 2013.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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“Hank”

The resident Great Blue Heron, “Hank”,  was standing on the dam of the pond last evening at about 6:00pm.  I was out taking pictures of the big bird and it was pretty calm.  It finally had enough of me and flew to the other shore.  The heron then strolled around the cow pasture about ten yards from the water.  Seeing that I was still around, it casually walked into the reeds and rushes to hide.  I took the hint and left.  I am sure the heron will have a successful fishing venture and will enjoy the resulting fish or frog dinner.  I am really happy to have the heron here almost every day now.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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