BirdPage by Cindy McIntyre, Waldoboro, Maine 

B LUE HERON FAMILIES- Wakodahatchee Wetlands, Boynton Beach FL
The most photographable Blue Heron nest is by the gazebo, within easy range of a moderate telephoto lens.   This pair is oblivious to the oohs and aahs and gasps of astonishment of the humans watching them feed their chick (just one) and greet each other during the changing of the guard.  There are several anhinga nests on the same little island, also with babies.

March 12, 2008

Baby is growing up - parents leave it alone now.  It can fly a little, too.

Feb. 20, 2008

Feb. 5, 2008

Baby stretching its wings.  Right photo shows it devouring a small fish just brought by a parent

Baby stretches to swallow that fish.... Changing of the guard shows enthusiastic affection between the parents.  The returning parent regurgitates the meal, and the other leaves to fish.  It's difficult to tell the male from the female.  Late afternoon light is best on this nest.

Sentinel...                                    Baby is visible in these early morning photographs.  Boardwalk is in background.


January 28, 2008 - Gazebo nest

White fluffball is circled in red - with a closeup of the noisy little munchkin.  Are there more?  Parent picks up a fish that must have been in the nest, swallows it whole, probably to digest it and regurgitate it later in more palatable form for the baby.

Amazingly, it all goes down the gullet.  On right is another nesting heron farther down the boardwalk, which does the same thing (below).

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