Great Blue Heron

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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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

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

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

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The Fellowship of the Nest

March 3, 2012 - I didn't hike all the way up Marsh Rabbit Run after spending some time watching the cranes.  Instead I doubled back and hiked the Alligator Alley trail.  There's a spot along that trail where the trail bends away from the marsh towards the lake.  That little corner is what I…... Read more

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Nesting Great Blue Herons

January 24, 2012 - On my last day of Christmas break, Dyeyo and I went to Viera Wetlands.  The highlight of the morning were a couple of nesting pairs of Great Blue Herons.  They brought sticks in to their nests, gave us courtship shots, and then initiated the egg-making process.... Read more

Mirror, Mirror, in the Lake…Who’s the Most Handsome Drake?

January 7, 2012 - Plenty of Great Blue Herons were fishing for their breakfasts.... Bird Species List (31 total): American Coot, American White Pelican, Anhinga, Belted Kingfisher, Black-Bellied Whistling Duck, Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher, Blue-Winged Teal, Boat-tailed Grackle, Brown Pelican, Caspian Tern, Common Gallinule, Eastern Phoebe (heard), Gadwall, Glossy Ibis, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Greater…... Read more

The Sun Finally Came out at the Circle B Bar Reserve

October 30, 2011 - Further down on Wading Bird Way, a Great Blue Heron caught a fish.... Bird Species List (33 total): American Coot, American Kestrel, Anhinga, Bald Eagle, Belted Kingfisher, Black-Bellied Whistling Duck, Blue Jay, Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher, Boat-tailed Grackle, Common Gallinule, Double-Crested Cormorant, Eastern Phoebe, Glossy Ibis, Gray Catbird, Great Blue Heron, Great…... Read more

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Early Migrants at the Circle B Bar Reserve

September 12, 2011 - Bird Species List (33 total): Anhinga, Bald Eagle, Barn Swallow, Black Vulture, Black-Bellied Whistling Duck, Black-Crowned Night Heron, Blue Jay, Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher, Caspian Tern, Common Moorhen, Double-Crested Cormorant, Grackle sp., Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Killdeer (heard), Least Sandpiper, Limpkin, Little Blue Heron, Mourning Dove, Northern Cardinal, Northern Parula, Osprey,…... Read more

Yellow-Billed Cuckoo on Marsh Rabbit Run!

August 5, 2011 - A Great Blue Heron also posed on a post.  He looked pretty silly with his wings spread out.  He wanted to say "hi" to all the blog readers!... Bird Species List (21 total): American Coot, Anhinga, Black-Bellied Whistling Duck, Boat-tailed Grackle, Common Moorhen, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Killdeer, Limpkin,…... Read more

Nesting Season Winds Down at Polk Rookery

July 10, 2011 - It seems appropriate, in a circularly twisted way, to post a picture of the only Great Blue Heron fledgling today, on our last visit.  Typically the Great Blue Herons are the first to nest at the rookery, arriving in December.  The rest of the birds don't show up till February-March-ish. …... Read more

Spring Morning at Viera Wetlands

April 17, 2011 - Cattle Egret A Roseate Spoonbill flew past.  We saw a total of three this morning (or maybe it was the same bird that moved around as much as we did?) Roseate Spoonbill Then we started crossing the cells diagonally and found a bunch of photographers watching a Great Egret nest. …... Read more

Circle B Says Goodbye to its Winter Migrants and Hello to the Summer Residents

April 15, 2011 - Baby Red-Shouldered Hawks https://vimeo.com/338670632 Andrew also told me where to find a Great Blue Heron nest in a clump of trees behind the hawk's nest.  It's a little late for these birds to begin nesting.... Great Blue Heron nest Around the nesting area I ran into Daytripper3 from the Circle…... Read more

Let’s Go Build a Nest! (Polk Rookery)

March 20, 2011 - Augustine Alligator Farm Rookery, this one is totally wild.  There were hundreds of birds there, most of them sporting their breeding plumages.  We saw Great Egrets, Wood Storks, Roseate Spoonbills, Black-Crowned Night Herons, White Ibises, Great Blue Herons, Snowy Egrets, Tricolored Herons, Little Blue Herons, Brown Pelicans, Double-Crested Cormorants, Anhingas,…... Read more