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Old Mar 9, 2013, 4:47 PM   #1
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Default A baby bird visited my backyard today

We have two nests of Great Blue Herons again this year in the tall pine trees on the other side of the pond. The babies are growing fast, and will soon be off on their own, but for now they are flying, but still coming back to the nests. One of the little ones visited my back yard today and I grabbed a few shots. As usual, taken with the E-3 and 50-200mm.





It is only about two foot tall, still has a lot of growing to do, and is obviously learning to hunt. His total catch today was one leaf and one stick.


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Great shots Steve. Looks like it speared a leaf and a small branch.
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Great shots, Steven. When he grows up he'll probably take care of the bad hair days when he starts noticing the ladies...
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Nice shots Steven. Great light, detail and sharp as a tack.
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Thanks for taking the time to look and comment James, Ted, and Ken. GBH have always made for interesting subjects to photograph.
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For a min on that last pic I thought he was smoking a cigar !!! The first and last pics are cracking....
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I think this Heron is picking up sticks to build a nest and getting ready for mating as spring is approaching. Nice captures!
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Thanks for the comments Harj and WCKSer.

This little guy still has some growing to do, and he does not yet have his fishing skills developed. He was funny to watch, as he would walk along the water, then get still and spear his target in the water. Unfortunately, he never got a fish. He would get a leaf or a stick, but then drop them after a few seconds as he realized they were not food. He will learn fast and soon he will be getting those fish. We are fortunate to be able to watch these families and their new babies grow up every year.
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Thanks for the comments Harj and WCKSer.

This little guy still has some growing to do, and he does not yet have his fishing skills developed. He was funny to watch, as he would walk along the water, then get still and spear his target in the water. Unfortunately, he never got a fish. He would get a leaf or a stick, but then drop them after a few seconds as he realized they were not food. He will learn fast and soon he will be getting those fish. We are fortunate to be able to watch these families and their new babies grow up every year.
We have a "rookery" (If that's the word) of them just a couple of miles up the island, our place is a fly over zone. Until they see my pond that is. My poor fish, or the survivors are shell shocked.
I think I'll send then all to the south east....
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Steven,

The detail on those pictures is amazing.

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