Last week my husband and I discovered a small heronry consisting of about a dozen (maybe more) nests.
As great blue herons aren't that fond of humans, especially when they are building nests or raising their young, the heronry was in an out-of-the-way place that I could barely reach with my zoom lens fully extended. I have also cropped the photos to make them appear closer.
The heron above was much nearer to me than the heronry, but still a long way away. This one was in a tree across a marshy area where it had a clear view of the water below and of the heronry.
Delivering nesting material
One by one, herons left their nests to collect materials for their nests or to look for food.
Meanwhile other herons guarded huge nests high up in trees that are not yet leafed out. I imagine the nests will be well hidden in a couple weeks.
I am linking yo World Bird Wednesday.