Great Blue Heron “Teenagers”

April 24, 2014 at 5:00 am (Bird photography, Birds- Florida, Great Florida Birding Trail, Nature, Nature photography, Wildlife) (, )

Great Blue Heron and Mini-Me

Great Blue Heron and Mini-Me

When the Great Blue Heron chicks start to resemble their parents, I call them “teenagers.”  They’re awkward looking, gangly, yet beginning to show the graceful plumage of the adult.

"Teenager" trying out its wings

“Teenager” trying out its wings

As you can see, this nest was conveniently located near the boardwalk at Wakodahatchee Wetlands in Boynton Beach, Florida.  These birds court, mate, build nests, feed chicks, and fledge with binoculars and lenses recording it all. Read the rest of this entry »

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Great Blue Herons in Love

January 20, 2014 at 7:06 pm (Birds- Florida, fine art photography, Nature, Photography, Wildlife) (, , , , , )

Great Blue Herons in Love

Great Blue Herons in Love

If I hadn’t met Maria, a Jacksonville photographer, while photographing the Snowy Owl on New Year’s Eve, I would not have known about this marvelous birding spot – the Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands at Viera  (a.k.a. Viera Wetlands) near Melbourne, Florida.  The stars of the show right now are the great blue herons which have made small rookeries on top of waterlogged palm trees.

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One cluster of four nests was particularly photogenic, especially in late afternoon and early evening light.  The females stayed on the nest while the males fetched the sticks and stalks. Read the rest of this entry »

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