Wednesday, June 06, 2007
Baby Green Herons
This is a green heron flying. Note the long neck.
This is a mama green heron watching her nest nearby. Note that her neck is NOT extended. (How do they DO that?)
Here she is again, watching the nest VERY closely. Why, you ask?
Well, take a look...
The nest was deep in a bushy tree hanging out over the water. Thus it was very hard to spot, much less to photograph through the branches, leaves, and the grape vine that intertwined.
Take a closer look. I'm only showing three below, but we counted five.
That guy in the back stretched his neck out for a better look at Carol.
Just LOOK at those necks!
When mama made a noise that sounded like a cross between a "cluck" and a "gulp" (weird noise!) the babies became very still in the nest. It must have been a warning call.
We have no idea how old these were, but they were fuzzy little critters.
We noticed that when mama wasn't around, the kids, though they could not fly at all, would get out of the nest and climb around in the tree.
How did they keep from falling? Like this...