Great Blue Heron Family

April 23, 2014 at 5:00 am (Bird photography, Birds- Florida, Great Florida Birding Trail, Nature, Nature photography, Photography, Wildlife) (, , )

Great Blue Heron chick

Great Blue Heron chick

Although I can’t be at Wakodahatchee Wetlands in Boynton Beach, or Viera Wetlands in Florida to watch the heron babies right now, I did take advantage of this involuntary down time to edit photos I took six years ago at “Wacky.”

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The Great Blue Herons, as well as cormorants, anhingas, and others nest in close quarters on small shrub islands in this reclaimed wetlands.  Obviously it’s a birder’s paradise!

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Nesting begins in January in central and southern Florida.

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When the chicks are big enough, the parents regurgitate whole fish for them to eat.

Parent regurgitating a whole fish for the chick

Parent regurgitating a whole fish for the chick

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The parents in full breeding plumage are always striking.  Even with their size, they weigh only five or six pounds thanks to those hollow bones and feathers.

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Changing of the Guard

Changing of the Guard

The changing of the guard is usually accomplished with affectionate displays between the parents.  Next blog post will show the juvenile heron “teenagers” in the nest.

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1 Comment

  1. Jim Treadway said,

    Another great one Cindy.

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