Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Heronry/World Birds

 Standing guard

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.

The heronry

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.

Flying over

I am linking yo World Bird Wednesday.

58 comments:

Becky said...

I love watchihg these birds too. There is a rookery about 15 miles from home, and they are already sitting on eggs. I'm wondering how they made it through this latest snow storm. Will have to check on them. Have a great rest of the week.

Crafty Gardener said...

You got some great photos. I know how skittish herons can be. We love to watch them down by the bay, but we have never been lucky to see a nest.

Nancy said...

What a great find you and your hubby made! Awesome captures! :)

Betty Manousos said...

what a terrific find!

love those delicate, beautiful photos!

Judy @ daily yarns said...

Oh my goodness what an awesome find! Great shots!!

Kathy said...

These giants are so magnificent!

A Garden of Threads said...

I saw two fly over yesterday. What a wonderful find.

Phil said...

Nice shots. I guess they don't like humans because they take fish and sometimes we humans don't like that so persecute them.

see you there! said...

These are wonderful, you and that long lens are truly able to capture so much.

Darla

Viola said...

Wonderful shots!! =) especially #2 and 4!! wow, I say!! =)

CameraCruise said...

Great shots of the beautiful bird.

Jill said...

What a treasure you discovered! Lovely shots.

Jarart said...

You did a great job of capturing these magnificent birds going about their daily life. Soon they will have chicks to feed and they will be even more busy than they are now.

Kristi Bowman said...

Wonderful shots!! I posted about Heron's today as well but I think you did better than me. I'm trying again next week!

Gary said...

Great sighting!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Malyss said...

Your pictures are really fabulous!

Hanne Bente said...

Great pictures you show.
Wishing you a good evening.
Hanne Bente / hbt.finus.dk

NatureStop said...

What a great find!Thanks for sharing.

Shantana

TexWisGirl said...

how great! i know we must have nests in the woods behind our pond, but i've never seen them - the trees are too dense.

Paul in Powell River said...

I waited around for some time the other day, waiting for a cooperative nester, but they just wouldn't cooperate for me. But you got them fine!

Diana said...

Beautiful birds and amazing to watch. We used to have several frequent our pond, but since the fish are gone, so are the Blues. Wonderful capture!

Dianne said...

they are so magnificent
and at times a bit funny
wonderful shots

Sandra said...

awesome to see this, what a find. he looks so funny standing straight and tall way up there.

Susan said...

That is so cool! Not something you see everyday! Thanks for the peek!

RedPat said...

Lucky you to find this! Wonderful shots.
Much snow at your place?

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Very interesting. I would love to see something like this.

Debbie said...

WoW, what a find, so exciting!! your images are wonderful, i wonder if it's a common thing for them to nest close together!!

Andrew said...

Fantastic images... It's a lovely bird to see.

mick said...

Interesting birds and great photos.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I just love the picture of the nest builder!

Martha Z said...

What a great find! Now you can watch the little ones grow.

FjÀllripan said...

How great to see! They are really special and beautiful! It looks so strange to see them in threes.

Rambling Round said...

Wow! Beautiful shots anyway!

Nezzy said...

Birds in flight! Sister, how do you do it and come up with the most amazin' pictures???

Mine would be one big old blurrrrr! Heeehehehe!!!

Have a blessed and beautiful day sweetie!!! :o)

kaye said...

great shots--I saw an heron flying over my town the other day.

Carletta said...

I'd be happy with these shots - I think you did well!
Now that you know where it is you'll have other opportunities to capture they.

Halcyon said...

Very Impressive! I love herons. They're so beautiful and graceful. :)

Lowell said...

Okay, I'm duly impressed. Again. You are a master at photographing flying herons. Be proud. These really are good!

Andy said...

These are great shots.

Antjas said...

You were in the right place at the right time. Lucky you. This morning I had to put on the brakes as I drove through a marshy area and a heron flew across my path.

I don't know who does these surveys, but at one point in time, my parents farm had one of the largest rookeries in Ontario with over 100 nests. As lovely as that is, it also means that a lot of their farm land was marsh.

Michael said...

Herons are such interesting subjects

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

The flight shot with the nest-building twig is fabulous! Great series -- I love seeing those big birds perched on those little branches.

Stephanie said...

Oh Wow! I love Blue Herons, these are great to see up close. Thanks for sharing these great shots!

Jean said...

I have them in my area but have yet to find a rookery.
Super great shots!

Randy said...

So graceful.

bailey-road.com said...

Love these wonderful captures!

HansHB said...

Great shots, perfect post for WBW!
Happy World Bird Wednesday to you!

Stewart M said...

Hi there - nice pictures of the herons. I used to live near one in the UK.

The beach? Sand and cameras and binoculars don’t really mix and I'm a birder etc so that was the issue to start with! But I was brought up in a way where we never sat on a beach for more than about 20 minutes without going off somewhere else - so long term beach sitting is just not in my blood!

Cheers - Stewart M - Australia

Linda said...

I always enjoy the herons, but have never seen their nests! What a find - and great photographs!

jabblog said...

It's always exciting to see big birds. When they're nesting they're even more interesting.

Springman said...

Isn't it exciting to find something like this? Like a treasure hunt or finding a hidden world!

NatureFootstep said...

great shots of the great blue. :)

Gillian Olson said...

Thanks, great pictures of a magnificient bird.

Rose said...

Can I say drat on here? This reminds me that I was near a rookery today but forgot all about it...I don't think I could get near enough to get shots like these but still wish I had remembered.

NixBlog said...

Lovely captures!

Modesto Viegas said...

Nice capture!

Janie said...

Herons are such magestic birds. How interesting to find one of their nesting areas.

Larry said...

Great find and excellent photographs of the Great Blue Herons! I love that last in-flight shot!

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