Saturday, May 08, 2010

Herons...finally!


Great Blue Herons are among the earliest birds to return to our region in the spring and they are usually busy with their nests by the end of March. We went to a nearby heronry in early April and discovered that the trees in the woodlot which held the nests had been removed. This lot is private property and last year many thoughtless people trespassed on the land to see the birds. I would not be surprised if the birds themselves left and chose a more secluded spot to raise their young.


As it turned out this strange spring season, I found a migrating Great Egret before I found a Great Blue Heron. (I found the GBH five minutes after the egret) Great Egrets stage here in the spring and fall between their winter and summer destinations. I enjoy watching this elegant bird.

11 comments:

  1. How beautiful Ruth. I love that first shot of the egret.

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  2. Great pics all, but the last one is crazy good.

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  3. They are such an elegant bird. You've captured it beautifully!

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  4. I visited David Bergey Pond on Monday night this past week and saw a pair of Egrets. It was my first this season. Have not seen a Heron yet. It's been a slow migrating season this year, but they are coming now. Hopefully the weather warms up a wee bit more so we can get out and watch them. Fabulous pictures!!!

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  5. So that last one is upside-down, right?

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  6. Wonderful photographs. Each one is lovely.

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  7. These are outstanding captures Ruth. I especially like the egret standing on its head in the water reflection. ;-)

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  8. WOW!!! These images are so gorgeous.I really do need to figure out how to add those frames to my pictures. Have a great weekend.
    Blessings,Ruth

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  9. I love their long neck and their white elegance that last pic is a very creative one!-thanks for sharing:)

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  10. Thanks for your comments, and Ginger, you are right...the last picture is upside down. It just looked better that way to me.

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  11. The largest and most widespread heron in North America, the Great Blue Heron can be found along the ocean shore or the edge of a small inland pond. An all white form is found from southern Florida into the Caribbean, and used to be considered a separate species, the "Great White Heron."

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