As the weeks went by, the lens of the cameras on the nests became covered with dirt and many of the shots appear blurred. To me this lends an impressionistic painterly edge to the forms and pushes me to explore more watercolor and pastel paintings. I did promise my readers that I was taking a break from the birds and will return to these images sometime in the future as subjects for art.
I still enjoy looking back at the chicks as they developed into their adult forms. Towards the end of the gallery of photos there is one shot of the last fledgling leaving the tree limb. He was the only one I actually saw on his initial flight away from the nest. Some of the frantic feeding photos are also blurred and chaotic. Feedings rarely took more than a second or two and were difficult to capture. The close-up profiles and one frontal view facing the lens are among my favorites.
In many of the photos the herons look a lot like dinosaurs. I know there is a connection, but each time they looked prehistoric I found myself surprised. The Red-tailed Hawk photo collection will be up next. I hope you enjoy this collection and also forgive the many photographic imperfections. The intention and motivation was simply to gather resources for artwork.