Great Blue Herons Create the Future

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Great Blue Heron Landing at Nest with Branch for Nest Building – babsjeheron

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Great Blue Heron Carrying Another Branch for Nest Building- babsjeheron

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The herons engage each other during a break in nest building.

Thanks to Jen H and WordPress for this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Future. It is that time of year, when Great Blue Heron courtship, mating, and nesting gets underway here. As this photo essay shows, the Herons sometimes select branches of great length for their nests – the branch in the top photo is nearly the entire length of the bird’s neck and body. After landing in the crotch of the tree, both the male and female worked diligently together to position that branch 70 plus feet above the island floor. They then took the break shown in the bottom photo, enhancing their bond in courtship moves so intimate I imagined hearing the soft refrains “I only have eyes for you, dear.”

For the month of July 2016, I will be the Featured Artist once again at the Summer Street Gallery of The Center for Arts in Natick. TCAN is on FaceBook. To give the gallery a visit, please click here.

A selection of my heron and flower photos is now available at the Five Crows Gallery in Natick, MA. Drop in and see the work of the many wonderfully creative artists who show there when you’re in the area. Five Crows is on FaceBook. To give the gallery a visit, please click here.

Remember: Walk softly and carry a long lens.™

The Tao of Feathers™

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Great Blue Heron, TCAN, Kayaking, The Center for Arts Natick

Posted on April 10, 2016, in ardea herodias, Art, Audubon, Birds, Great Blue Heron, Kayaking, Nature, Photo Essay, Photography challenge, postaday, Weekly Photo Challenge, Wildlife Photography and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. This amazing to watch. Great series, Babsje.

    • Hi Jane – Many thanks for the thoughtful comment, glad you like this post. Watching the pair struggle to get that very large branch placed just so in the nest at one point brought to mind that iconic photo from WWII where the soldiers were raising the flag on Iwo Jima. The branch was atilt in the same way, both Herons struggling mightily for victory. Best, Babsje

  2. Great shot!! Huge branch for huge nest!

    • Hi Sarah – Yes, it is indeed a huge branch and they built a very large nest, entirely from scratch. Very often they will repurpose a nest from the previous year, but not for this pair of Herons. Glad you liked this one, thanks for visiting and commenting. Best, Babsje

  3. Wow! Fabulous photos! Lucky you, being able to watch them.

    • Thanks for the kind words, Susi. I do feel very fortunate to be able to observe the Herons, grateful. I’m glad you like these photos. Best, Babsje

  4. Great photos of the heron

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