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Great Blue Herons at Nest Kissing
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A pair of Great Blue Herons at the nest courting. From Viera, Florida.
September 9th, 2012
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Janis Lee Colon
Perfect capturing of a moment! v/v
A terrific capture of this courting behavior. Love the Great Blues. v/fv/tw
Wow what a awesome capture Bradford!!! LF
Great timing!! L
Amazing capture! f/v
Outstanding image! v
Great clarity and timing Bradford ! Fave +V
Bradford Martin replied:
Thank you Larry. I'll see you in the field.
Such a sweet capture Bradford, love your images!...f/v
Thank you Donna!
Here in northern California, they start nest building around January-February. It can get quite cold here for short spells.
Most of the interesting behavior and mating takes place during nest building . Once the eggs are laid, the feather displays and blue flesh color are gone and the male makes infrequent visits to the nest.. In Florida nesting is mainly in the winter.
Susan, Yes the babies hang around for a long time and get big but plumage is a little different. Not far from my house but not easy to catch these interactions. This palm is in a pond so you are limited in how close you can be and the angle of viewing.
Wow, then she is really petite compared to him! I've seen baby great blue herons her size (compared to his) still in the nest. Did you go back after the babies were born?
They were building the nest. It was courtship behavior
I think the mother is feeing her baby - the babies grow very rapidly and yet still remain in the nest. Great image!
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