Saturday, April 21, 2018

April 21, 2018: Watching great blue herons grow up

I've been watching the herons since mid November when they had started nest building and pairing.  We're now close to the end of the cycle - with the kids learning to fly (balancing on air).  They venture away from the nest and practice balancing by flapping their wings.  Some times they jump up a short distance.  All is all, its great fun to watch.

Slow motion of balancing on a small limb

Balancing under the watchful eye of a neighbor - then a dueling match starts with 2 juvenile herons from the left nest, with the single juvenile heron from the right nest

Here the mom (right) has brought some fresh fish for the little (actually not so little) one.  She regurgitates it onto the floor of the nest and the little one eats it.  It does not take long before the little one realized that food always comes from mom's mouth. So here is advance feeding where the little one grabs mom's beak and drags it down into the nest.   Second try is successful - mom waits a bit and then flies off for more fishing.

And some stills of not only the herons but the other activities around my spot (Osprey, Eagle, Duck family, Anhinga and Great Blue Heron behavior).

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