Great Blue Herons Courtship & Mating Videos from Cornell Labs Live Bird Cams

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology has a live bird cam situated at a Great blue heron nest in Ithaca, New York in the area of Sapsucker Woods.

I hope I have hopefully properly attached three recent videos of the pair courting and ‘the first time!!’

Please visit this wonderful opportunity to observe these nesting Great blue herons live in the days ahead ….HERE

The cam seems to go offline at night but tune in frequently as there will surely be eggs soon and chicks to watch grow up!! Thought this was a treat well worth sharing!! As you can see these nesting birds are lovely with their mating colors..the brighter bill, blue lore and plumage. I just think they are gorgeous and love the way they raise their head plumes in the courtship segment. It is also gives wonderful perspective to get the bird’s eye view of the water and landscape below.

This is awesome..enjoy!!


~ by Judy on April 11, 2013.

4 Responses to “Great Blue Herons Courtship & Mating Videos from Cornell Labs Live Bird Cams”

  1. Definitely cool to just be able to see the camera running live. Thanks for the pointer!

    • I do think it is amazing and that the cameras have such nice resolution and color! Nice opportunity for people to experience what a rookery is like via this one nest and the well placed bird cam. Technology can bring nature to us when we can’t always get to nature.

  2. I’ve already shared this around. I have a few friends who are as crazy about good live streams as I am. There’s a hummingbird nest we’ve been watching for months – she’s on her third brood for the year! (I think she’s in California.)

    I especially like the way the Cornell site posts videos of “important happenings” on the page, too. It’s nice for those of us who can’t just sit around and watch to be able to see the highlights. Although, I did once catch an osprey fledging. I happened by when it was all by itself in the nest, standing on the edge, flexing its wings. I thought – that baby’s lonesome and he wants to be with the others. Sure enough, in about ten minutes he’d had enough and took off! Such fun – and so amazing – that we can see such things.

    • Absolutely, for all the down side of our civilized lives, technology enables most of us to appreciate the natural world in ways otherwise not readily possible. And, you are totally right about the good job Cornell does with the easy to access highlights for us to enjoy. I did get a kick out of the mating clip. As soon as the female turned around as she was working on the nest, you could almost see the gleam in her mates eye as he looked upon his beloved as Audubon might say. Then after, she just straightens her skirts, I mean fuffs up her feathers… and settles back into tending the nest. I thought it was really cute!! Heron mates do seem gentle with each other really.

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