Great Blue Herons Housekeeping

Great Blue Herons Nest Building

Great Bue Heron Pair Gathering Twigs for Nest Building

This begins my third season at the Wakodahatchee Wetlands Rookery!! It has been months and feeling caged at my office..it was time for a visit!! Each year I have started the season a bit earlier. December is a time for house keeping for the Great Herons of South East Florida. I guess it is a universal instinct even we humans share with our feathered friends… to prepare the nest for young ones prior to their arrival. There’s a reason they call it keeping house!! We humans can take a lesson from the Great Blue Herons though. The male and female both share nest building, egg sitting, fish procurement and feeding in the most equitable fashion. It is delightful to observe.

Today was a little bit dim but full of lovely clouds which took away the harsh shadows when sun did manage to shine through the golden haze. I noticed some other photographers using flash today which I am sure helps a lot on these dim days. Soon I will give this a try as a little birdie told me I am getting a flash attachment for Christmas!! But, we won’t talk about that right now since I need to be surprised!!

Just a quickie post to share the view of Great Blue Herons at work!!

Great Blue Heron Pair Nest Building

Great Blue Heron Pair

Working Side Side -the Great Herons share nest building and all other duties of nest tending equitably

Working Side by Side-
the Great Herons share nest building and all other duties of nest tending equitably

Working twigs into the nest

Working twigs into the nest

Construction is the job of both.

Construction is the job of both.

Working Close - Once the kids arrive there will be a lot more separation than gatheing twigs as keeping up with the voracious chicks keeps both busy and taking turns away from the nest!!

Working Close – Once the kids arrive there will be a lot more separation than gathering twigs as keeping up with the voracious chicks keeps both busy and taking turns away from the nest!!

May your nests be feathered with love and warmth For Christmas, the Holidays, and All Year Through!!

Judy

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~ by Judy on December 17, 2012.

8 Responses to “Great Blue Herons Housekeeping”

  1. What interesting and touching photos. We have so many egrets and herons there must be some nesting somewhere! I’ll have to do some questioning and some exploring. This would be quite a sight in person.

    • You really should! If Texas is like South Florida then the great herons will be nest building now, egg sitting in January and in February you see some fierce little chicks with spikey hair dos. As the season progresses the feeding scenes are more aggressive and competitive than tender. But, you will never see more diligent parents.

  2. Beautiful photos, Judy! And it’s nice to see that humans aren’t the only one’s that need to clean house. Speaking of…time to do the floors and laundry. Ugh. But glad I saw these first. Now I’ll smile and picture the birds doing the same thing. 😀

  3. Super photos of my favorite bird building their house!

    • I do count myself fortunate that I live so close to this beautiful rookery and can’t wait to visit through the season. If it isn’t the fun watching the birds, its also the lovely racket the hungry chicks make calling for more food. You would certainly know where you were with your eyes closed.

  4. Ah, what lovely captures!! I’m so glad you made it out there recently…. I was there about a week ago, and caught one particularly busy GBH at work on her nest. But you got them both, and they’re just lovely. What a wonderful pair.

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