Great Blue Heron gathering nest twigs 2009

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great blue heron gathering twigs for its nest. About 5 minutes from where we live, there's a huge colony/rookery of nesting great blue herons, and there are some bald eagle pairs nesting there also.


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alandrapal - Jul 18, 2009 01:43 PM EDT
Mary, thankyou for the nice comments. I have only just found them. We do enjoy visiting the heron rookery and feel lucky that it's so close to home, as it's very entertaining to watch the herons and the various rituals they have. I don't use a tripod, so all my photos are hand held.
alandrapal - Jul 18, 2009 01:41 PM EDT
thanks for the nice comments, Dee, - am late with this, - have only just found your comments.
DeeMarie - Apr 24, 2009 08:01 PM EDT
Hi, This is DeeMarie, Dee for short and I did in fact join thelensflare but have not had time to upload images or update my profile as yet. Your photograph of the great Blue Heron is very well captured and so beautiful. Dee
marysham - Apr 24, 2009 07:19 PM EDT
Great capture Alandra. How lucky can you get with the rookery so close to home! Did you hand hold or use a tripod?
alandrapal - Apr 23, 2009 02:14 PM EDT
Hi Wilma, great to see you here, many thanks for taking time to leave a nice comment. Yes, we are very happy to have the herons nesting so close to home, - it's fun to drop by there and watch them, carrying the twigs to their nests, etc.
Wilma - Apr 23, 2009 02:11 PM EDT
Perfectly beautiful and the bonus is that they are so close to you.
alandrapal - Apr 23, 2009 12:30 AM EDT
thanks May for the nice comments, good to see you here again :) Yes, we do feel lucky having this huge colony just a few minutes away. People from "all over" come here to see them. However, they build their nests high up on the cliff side, so it's hard to get a good close shot of them. However, I found a place where they sometimes get nearer the ground, and that's where I got this image.
May - Apr 22, 2009 10:42 AM EDT
Alandra - what a great shot. And a whole colony nearby? Wow. How lucky can you get?
alandrapal - Apr 21, 2009 11:12 PM EDT
thanks to Carol, Alan, Janice, Claudia, Beverly for the nice comments. Claudia, I think that twig has just been broken off by the heron, - we were there again this afternoon, and could hear them snapping the branches and twigs off. They were also going down onto the ground of that part of the bluff and picking up bits from underneath the trees and flying off with it in their huge beaks. I keep hoping to capture a good image of one flying away with a load of twigs in it's beak, but they move so fast and I'm outof practice right now :)
sparkle1103 - Apr 21, 2009 08:44 PM EDT
Wow what a great shot. So the egret is building a nest. They are so Beautiful
golda - Apr 21, 2009 05:34 PM EDT
Alandra,this is a spectacular image of this beautiful bird.Was she or he trying to break that branch,or was it loose?
shutterbug - Apr 21, 2009 05:30 PM EDT
Great bird photo! Carol
talsi - Apr 21, 2009 05:20 PM EDT
Wonderful image
bubbalinn - Apr 21, 2009 04:38 PM EDT
Beautiful Photo Alandra!! Your so lucky to have the Heron living around you.. Great colors, timing, and lighting :) Twigs? Those would be branches for the birds out here LOL..

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