These Great Blue Heron chicks were in two adjacent nests in a huge Pine Tree located in a privately operated park near my home here in Florida. The nests, called “rookeries”, were up about 30′ in the tree. The tree is close to a man-made Koi pond where there appears also to be some Red-eared Turtles, frogs and Mosquito Fish. The Koi fish are extra-large and certain sections of the pond are protected by bird wire.
The Great Blue Heron chicks in one nest were older and almost ready to fly. The two chicks in the second nest were much younger than the other trio. There was a brief period of utter chaos when one parent fed the three chicks! Heron legs, bills, necks, wings and bodies all were twisted in a comical manner. This feeding also was accompanied by a lot of squawking! The parent herons each flew off and left the chicks. I never saw the parents of the two smaller babies. Birds often leave the offspring while hunting. I took these pictures very early yesterday evening (4-14-13), just before it started to rain a bit. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!