Great Blue Heron

A Foggy Walk around Lake Morton

April 10, 2021 - I found some Great Blue Heron nests at the top of some cypress trees.... Most Great Blue Herons started making their nests back in late November, but this heron waited until early April to start throwing his head up and courting a prospective mate.... Read more

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Great Blue Herons Building Nest

May 21, 2019 - The last time I went to Lake Morton in mid-April, I found a pair of Great Blue Herons building a nest at the top of a cypress tree.... Great Blue Herons are fun to watch when they are building nests.... Read more

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Nesting Underway at Viera Wetlands

January 8, 2018 -  Great Blue Heron nesting season is definitely underway at Viera Wetlands!... It never ceases to amaze me how gentle the Great Blue Herons are as they build their nests.... This particular Great Blue Heron turned out to be my most photographed of the morning.... Read more

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Viera Wetlands is Open Again!

November 24, 2017 - The Great Blue Herons are starting to nest in the tops of palm trees.... The Great Blue Herons are not the only birds with nesting on the mind.... Read more


Springtime Stroll at Circle B Bar Reserve

March 2, 2017 - At the dock, the Great Blue Herons were actively chasing each other.... We made our way up the trail, stopping briefly at the gaggle of photographers with their cameras pointed at the Great Blue Heron nests....  One of my favorites was filled with birds: Anhingas, grackles, a perched Belted Kingfisher,…... Read more

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Christmas Coot!

December 24, 2015 -  Usually Viera mornings of watching the nesting Great Blue Herons involve extra layers, a hat, and a scarf....  Today, though, one of the Great Blue Herons kept coming to that perch to sit.... Who can resist taking a few photos of the Great Blue Herons as they bring nesting material…... Read more

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Venice Rookery

January 21, 2015 -  It's known for Great Blue Heron courtship photographs....  I love photographing the Great Blue Herons at Viera Wetlands, but the nests are high on the tops of trees and the backgrounds are blue sky.... There are half a dozen Great Blue Heron nests at the rookery already.... Read more

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Great Blue Heron Silhouettes at Viera Wetlands

January 2, 2015 -  I knew that the Great Blue Herons would be nesting, and I was hopeful that the cooperative Belted Kingfisher would pose for me again....  But my bird started cooperating, fluffing up her chest and arching her head into the air in a display of Great Blue Heron courtship.... Read more

Pick a Big Stick!

Great Blue Herons Stealing Sticks at Viera Wetlands

February 22, 2014 -  The Great Blue Herons are stealing sticks at the Viera Wetlands!...  The nesting Great Blue Herons are such fun to watch....  Great Blue Herons regurgitate food for their chicks during their first days of life.... Read more

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Great Blue Heron Sunrise at Viera Wetlands

February 16, 2014 -  I met Michael Libbe at Viera Wetlands and we set up for sunrise silhouettes of the nesting Great Blue Herons....  The Great Blue Herons are so graceful and elegant, and I really enjoy photographing them during nesting season.... Read more

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Viera Wetlands Nesting Season in Full Swing

February 1, 2014 -  A couple of weekends ago I visited the wetlands to check on the Great Blue Herons.... The last time I went to Viera, one pair of Great Blue Herons seemed to be the most active.... So I timed my next visit to be about four weeks later, because the incubation…... Read more

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Nesting Great Blue Herons at Viera Wetlands

January 8, 2014 -  The Great Blue Herons are the first of the large wading birds to begin nesting....   A fun place to photograph nesting Great Blue Herons is the Viera Wetlands....  The Great Blue Herons nest in the tops of these trees.... Read more

Sunset at the Polk Rookery

April 8, 2013 -  A couple of Great Blue Herons have fledged already, and my favorites, the Roseate Spoonbills, had several nests....  The Great Blue Herons nest earlier than anybody, sometimes starting nest construction as early as November and December.... Read more

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December 28, 2012 - This is one of my favorite Great Blue Heron nesting shots from last year.... Read more

Too Close for Comfort

November 7, 2012 - I photographed this Great Blue Heron in awesome morning light at the Circle B Bar Reserve back in May.... Read more

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Head Shot

October 21, 2012 - This Great Blue Heron's colors stood out nicely against the brown vegetation surrounding him.... Read more

East Beach Sunrise

May 9, 2012 - I had fun photographing the sunrise on the morning that I went to Fort De Soto to look for migrants.  When I arrived at the East Beach turnaround, the sun was just beginning to peek out from over the horizon.  I spotted a Great Blue Heron near me, so I…... Read more

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How Quickly They Grow Up!

April 16, 2012 - So instead I photographed the Great Blue Heron fledglings, who are still loafing around in their treetop nests.  They are big enough to try to fly, but young enough still to start that incessant little "feed me!... feed me!" cry whenever an adult heron flies by.  I guess it's their…... Read more

Nesting Great Blue Herons

March 9, 2012 - Last weekend at Viera Wetlands I had a good time watching some Great Blue Heron nests.  This first nest had two small chicks, and the parents were being careful to keep the nest built up well around their young offspring.  One particularly long stick was rather problematic.  It was so…... Read more

Return of the Spring

March 5, 2012 - We'll conclude the "Lord of the Rings"-inspired post titles with the "Return of the Spring"...and of the Beast to Viera Wetlands!  The weather for Saturday morning was iffy at best, with fog and wind in the forecast.  I decided to head to Viera, figuring that the nesting Great Blue Herons…... Read more