Return to the Great Blue Heron’s Nest


Most of you remember the post that I published a couple of weeks ago of the fledglings on the Great Blue Heron nest.   I assumed that the chick would be gone within another week.  Not so.  I went by there over the weekend and there they were.  As I arrived, the adult was just landing to give the kids a feeding.  What a sight.  Those “little” guys got into a frenzy.  All I could see was flying wing, beaks, feet.  Check this image out.  Is this a riot or what?  There are three chicks plus the adult in this picture.

Hey, Ma, we're still hungry

  • Canon EOS 7D
  • Canon 500mm – tripod mounted with Wimberley II Gimball head
  • 1/160 @ f13
  • ISO 200
  • Lens focal distance 500

After they were fed, the adult took off and flew upstream, probably to find another helping for the little critters.  Two of them snookered down for a nap but this one decided he wanted to look around a bit.  I was finally able to focus, (pun intended), on getting a better composition and photograph.

Great Blue Heron - fledgling

  •  Canon EOS 7D
  • Canon 500mm tripod mounted on Wimberley II gimbal head.
  • 1/800 @ f10
  • ISO 400
  • Lens focal distance 500mm

I hope you like the photos.  I had my left eye surgery yesterday and I have discovered a whole new world out there.  Now I can get back to doing what I do best, and try to come up with some more new images.  Click on any of the photos for an enlargement.  Also, of course, to vote for one of my photos, click here People’s Choice.

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9 thoughts on “Return to the Great Blue Heron’s Nest

  1. Hi Tom,

    The Herons may have been temporarily scared off by the construction noise. But, most likely they will be back. Great Blue Herons reside here year around. Thanks for writing.

    • Those birds are a riot. It was so much fun watching them. They look like a bunch of squabbling teen-agers, since they are so big. I think they are big enough to fly, but are just enjoying mooching off of the folks. 🙂

  2. Glad both of your surgeries went well!! That first photo gave me a good laugh – it reminds me of my boys fighting over something that they both want! Amazing work on the second image – THAT is a magazine shot!!

  3. Yep, I agree supper time at my house when we had all six kids home…Love it..Have started on the painting of the herons..will email you photo when finished..It is on a fabulous piece of Brazilian Agate..Glad your surgery was a success…Thanks so much for sharing your photos..people need to become more aware of the wildlife around them…Bless

    • Thanks Toby and Syl for both of your comments. Yes, that dinner table looks pretty busy. 🙂

      Syl, I am glad you are liking that picture. Sounds like it is going to be a pretty piece. 🙂

      • Bob,
        We just bought a place in River Mountain Ranch at the end of Bluff View Rd. we have (had) a lot of the blue heron behind our house. We are having a pool put in and for four days, they have been jack hammering the rock. I have not seen as many of the birds as I did prior to the construction, is it possible we scared them off? I also wonder if these birds migrate around this time. I would appreciate your advice. Thanks,
        Tom

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