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Quite a Big Yard Bird!

Doesn’t everyone have a Great Blue Heron in their front yard?  Well, occasionally I do!  The Great Blue Herons are here so often that my husband has jokingly started referring to the large grey wading bird as “Hank Heron”, a pun on the name of the baseball great, Henry Aaron.  This heron is here nearly every day and lives a few yards off of the upper end of the pond here.  It nests in the tip-top of a large Pine Tree.  These Great Blue Herons love fishing here in the little farm pond because it is full of smaller easily caught fish.  There also are plenty of other heron delights such as frogs and large aquatic insects.  The ducklings are large enough to be safe now, but the herons do relish young duckling for a meal.  Just part of the natural food cycle for these birds.  I was happy to take these pictures on August 17, 2012 in my yard.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Our Resident Great Blue Heron

This Great Blue Heron is one of a pair that are resident here at the little farm pond.  There are plenty of fish and other aquatic animals plus tasty larger insects to keep the herons happy here.  I see the Great Blue Herons nearly every day now.  I saw this one on July 30, 2012 and took its picture in mid-afternoon.  It was on this side of the pond.  The cows are closer to the water since it has been hot so the herons hang out on this side of the pond to avoid the wading cattle.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Wood Ducklings and Their Mom

The three Wood Ducklings are doing fine and were out on the pond last evening at about 7:20pm when I snapped these pictures.  The ducks were way out on the pond and were traveling from this shore to the opposite side of the pond.  They try to stay on which ever side of the pond  does not have a Great Blue Heron or  any cows wading along the shoreline.  The cattle  that graze  in the field across the pond often cool off by taking a dip in the cool pond and that disturbs the ducks.

The ducklings will be flying in another month but can only paddle for now.  They are growing fast and are almost as big as their mother.  No sign of any drakes or males.  Maybe the boys are happily paddling and flying around the nearby small private community lake down the way.  Who can tell?  I was thrilled to see the ducklings in great condition.  I look forward to seeing these ducks here in coming months as semi-residents of the little farm pond.  Please click on the thumbnail image to se the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Great Blue Herons

I saw two Great Blue Herons flying from the pond’s shoreline the other day.  I used the camera to follow the big birds’ fight.  My longer zoom lens is on its way back to the factory for an adjustment so I am now using a shorter 28-300mm zoom lens.  I was mildly surprised to see one of the birds land in the crown of a Pine Tree at a location in the neighborhood near another pond.  I had not seen herons there before.  It could just be a temporary stop or maybe that is the new Heron rookery.

I did not see the second bird land but I am fairly confident that both birds were up in either the same tree or one was in another tree quite close by.  The fishing is great in the little farm pond so the birds have food water and shelter nearby where they are staying.  Lots of fat fish, frogs and insects in the little farm pond right now.  This all equals happy Herons!  I took these pictures from my yard on June 10, 2012. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

A Great Blue Heron Gets the Fish!

A Great Blue Heron was back here at the little farm pond three days ago.  It flew in and walked among the cattle on the other side of the pond.  After a few minutes, the big bird walked down to the reedy shore-line and stood looking for a tasty meal.  I think it was being annoyed by a male Red-winged Blackbird, which if you look carefully, you’ll see in one of the photographs.  After awhile I left so as not to disturb the bird.  At that time, I don’t know if it went hungry or had a good meal.

The Great Blue Heron eats fish, frogs, insects and small aquatic animals.  I took these pictures in my yard on June 4, 2012, and again early last evening (6/6/12).   Last night while I was taking some of these pictures, a Great Blue Heron (possibly the same one that was here on Monday) was here again.  That bird was quite happy to have caught a fish to eat!    Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Wood Ducks Taking a Break

It is nesting season for the waterfowl, I believe that both of these Wood Duck pairs are taking a break from their nesting duties with unhatched eggs on the nest.  They would never leave any ducklings alone so I believe that they have either taken a well-deserved short break, have unsuccessfully nested or are intending to nest soon.  The other possibility is that these two couples are older and are no longer in the mood to nest.  Seeing the Wood Ducks out these days is a rare sight.  The Wood Ducks are likely nesting high up in the trees near the dam of the little farm pond here.   I took these pictures on May 30, 2012 in my yard.  Just this morning, I saw a hen Wood Duck foraging for insects grubs and worms in the front yard grass.  A beautiful, serene sight!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

A Typical Heron Pose

The Great Blue Heron is equally at home up in the crown of a large tree as it is standing knee-deep in the water at the edge of a pond, lake, slow river marsh or ocean shoreline.  The Great Blue Herons actually build their nests in the tree tops.  I spotted this Great Blue Heron in the top of a living Oak that has a snag-top this morning here at the little farm pond.  I often see and photograph woodpeckers in that very spot.

The view is the draw for this bird.  It was seeing what the fishing would be or whether or not any interesting things were happening on the pond. Great Blue Herons eat insects, fish, turtles, frogs, eggs and tiny animals.  I took the pictures from my living room window.  The bird flew off the moment I opened the door to go to the porch to hopefully take pictures from the porch.  I took the pictures yesterday, May 23, 2012 in the morning.  It was pretty foggy out when I took the pictures.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Crows

We have a few small flocks of Crows here in the neighborhood.  The Crows really do not hang out on this side of the little farm pond much.  When the Crows do come on this side of the pond, they tend to hunt in the next door neighbor’s pasture.  The Crows enjoy finding insects in pastures, and shrubbery.   Crows also eat almost anything they can find whether animal, vegetable or fruit.  They are quite inquisitive and intelligent.  Crows are on the larger side of the medium-sized birds.  They are solid black and have a stout bill.  Their call is the famous “Caw-caw-caw”.  I took these pictures on May 16, 2012 and also on May 19, 2012 in my yard.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Wood Ducks on the Wing

There are a small flock of resident Wood Ducks here on the little farm pond.  These ducks have likely already paired up and are nesting in the nearby trees.  There are also a few lone bachelors around as well.  Yesterday I was out with the camera and heard the familiar whistle quack of the Wood Ducks.  I saw a couple of drakes on the pond and there also was a pair floating happily on the other shoreline near the reeds.

All of the sudden, first one drake took to the skies and then the pair followed.  These are quick ducks both on the water and in the air!  The male or drake is brightly colored and the hen is a much plainer brown with white.  I am very happy that the Wood Ducks are around here.  I like having a variety of waterfowl here.  I took these pictures in my yard on 5/17/12.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

The Goslings

The family of Canada Geese is doing just fine here on the little farm pond and around the grassy pastures here.  The seven goslings are two weeks old and are growing a lot.  They are beginning to look a lot more like geese then they had earlier when they were little yellow fluff-balls.  The Canada Geese eat grass and certain tender plants as well as some of the grains.  They are content here eating the grass.  The goslings have been out on the pond several times a day with the parents.  At least one adult is always with the goslings.  The Canada Geese are devoted parents.  The goslings won’t fly until they are between three and four months of age.  I have enjoyed seeing the babies here.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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