Great Blue Heron Rookery


Here in San Angelo there are several Great Blue Heron rookeries.  One is downtown along the Concho River near Santa Fe Golf course.  Ann and I visited there yesterday and after observing and photographing them, we decided that there are about six to eight breeding pairs there.  Because of the dense foliage it was difficult to get an exact count.  But I did get several photographs.  Click the images to see enlargements.

Mother and child

Mother and child

Mother and children

Mother and children

In the above photo I believe there are a total of four young ones.

Great Blue Heron baby

Great Blue Heron baby, a face only a mother could love.

The proud parents

The proud parents

Adult poised for take-off.

Adult poised for take-off.

Adult getting away from the kids for awhile.

Adult leaving, probably going fishing for food.

It was great fun watching them.  The children were keeping a constant ‘chuk, chuk, chuk’ going on.  I guess they are always hungry.  These nest were about 200 yards away in trees across the river.  I photographed them with my Canon EOS 70D and Tamron 150-600mm lens.  Of course, all images were tightly cropped.  If you are reading this in your e-mail, click on the title, and you will be able to click on the images to enlarge them and examine them in greater detail.

 

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20 thoughts on “Great Blue Heron Rookery

  1. Well Bob, I just ordered mine. I’m your exneighbor on Oak Canyon. I am now south of you in the Corpus Christi area on the Gulf Coast. I hope to get in on the bird migrations. Good pictures.

    • Thanks, Jerry. I hope you have the same success with that lens that I have. You should get some great bird photos at your new location. The migration is happening right now.

  2. Stunning photos once again!! Loved them all but I think my favorite is the first one of the mother and child. Something about that one really struck me on a different level. What a wonderful place to visit and a gift to see the babies. They do have quite scowl-y faces. 🙂

  3. I love these photos, especially the ones of the babies. Your photos are always so very good, you know! The Great Blue is my favorite of the herons. I really enjoyed these images, Bob.

  4. Well, you know how I feel about GBHs so I am overjoyed to see such fine images on your blog. I feel like there are some here too but I don’t get out enough to find the. Great photos, Bob.

  5. As usual, Bob, your shots are both sharp and beautiful. I finally succumbed to temptation and put in an order for the Tamron 150-600mm lens, and now I have to wait for the next factory shipment to merchants. No more excuses for me!

  6. Your photos are excellent Bob! You made a good buy with that Tamron lens. I read very good reviews about it! 🙂

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