Black-Bellied Whistling Ducks, Roseate Spoonbills and a Great Blue Heron

The Black-Bellied Whistling Duck was also seen with a female Black-Bellied Whistling Duck watching Spoonbills the day after.

Great Blue Heron Mama

This heron is taking a break from incubation.

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Breeding: great blue heron

The region’s great blue herons are already fledging young. This one was part of a colony of 7 GBHE nests and countless anhingas.

Great Blue Heron Nest

ON A BRIDGE…

This nest is 215 feet above sea level situated between pillars within a work zone on a bridge.
At this time parent birds have not been sited. Beautifully crafted nest with two eggs.

Great blue heron rookery

This is a giant tree where the herons are nesting on a small island in the middle of a lake

Red-tailed Hawk Nest, Osprey landing in nest

Ma, Pa and their two chicks nesting on a shear face of Fall Creek gorge
Osprey lands in his Stewart Park nest
Mama Red-tail preens her chick’s head
Great Blue Heron nests

Great Blue Heron rookery

This nesting site is near my home on Pickerel Lake near Detroit Lakes. During my nine visits I photographed adults on their nests as well as the young about Four weeks later. Feeding time is like something out of Jurassic Park!

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron on dock

This Great Blue Heron is one of a group of five who have taken up residence on the lake. We’ve had two Herons at our location the past few years, but this year it has been amazing to see five of them! It’s hard to get close to these guys–their hearing and sight are amazing, and they’ll leave at the slightest sound.

Great Blue Heron

This is my newest neighbor, a Great Blue Heron, a young male just stretching his wings and wading in a newly restored historic creek. I am proud to say he has become a regular sight to see. I greet him each morning with a little nod of my head and he pays no mind to the joggers who pass by each day along the trail.

Nests, Nests, Nests

I have been visiting Ballston Creek Preserve now for weeks…it started with lots of Heron nests and now there are so many babies. There was a Great Horned Owl and baby who fledged after my second visit. The Osprey sit high above and call out their warning sign as I get to the end of the path – no babies there yet. The Hairy Woodpecker I just happened upon while watching the others. Whoever says you have to go far from home to see beauty? All this in one spot! Totally enchanting!

Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Cornell Lab of Ornithology