Herons in the Fog

Wednesday,  Thursday and Friday of this week the Great Blue Herons on Sapsucker Woods Pond of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in Ithaca, N.Y., continued their courtship and bonding in foggy, wet and windy conditions.  Several screen shots I was able to get included views of each Heron on the nest alone as well as a number of shots showing both the male and female engaged in stick arranging.  This behavior is part of the mating ritual.  The male brings sticks and turns them over to the female who places them on the nest.  At times the male will rearrange the sticks as he waits for the female to return or show interest.  A number of screen shots focus on the male having difficulty swallowing.  His tongue is quite visible and the whole process was a bit disturbing.  Luckily he dislodged whatever was stuck and all was well.  I really like the evening shots in the fog.  The lack of focus becomes secondary to the eerie, yet striking silhouette forms on the nest.  If you haven’t visited the live web cam on this nest, here is the link: http://cams.allaboutbirds.org/channel/8/Great_Blue_Herons/

About circuitousjourney

Retired Art Teacher
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2 Responses to Herons in the Fog

  1. Anna says:

    magic moments, indeed! Thank you for sharing so generously.

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