Saturday, April 11, 2009

Camera Critters #53

Camera Critters by Misty Dawn, go here to see who's participating. This week is a post from the Cuyahoga Valley National Park heron rookery. It is easy to find this place and a lot of cameras were clicking away. I met some nice people while there. I was standing by the guard rail next to a road. Great parking for the view.

This is a view of the rookery from that you get. There are quite a few Great Blue Herons working on their nest. We did get snow the next week after I visited. This was a great sky day with the blue sky and white clouds. You can click on any photo for a better view. Here is one flying in with a little stick to add to the nest.
I think this is the experienced males resting after a busy morning. The boss heron on the left is trying to encourage the tired workers. The Canada Goose seems interested in what is being said. This couple is discussing the lack of branches in the nest. The wife just told the hubby what size to bring up next. This guy has a big stick and is wondering if he can get it airborne. Can you see him saying, "I think I can, I think I can". This is a fun place to capture a lot of great photos of Great Blue Herons in action. I'm definitely going back.

30 comments:

Carletta said...

I wasn't sure if your squirrels was your Camera Critter post - I came back to see and I'm glad I did.
This looks like a great place to visit.
That last shot is SUPER!

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

A brilliant post Tom. Excellent pictures and dialog. :)I couls spend hour there watching all this activity.

Michele said...

Fantastic! I just love the Herons and you capturing them building a nest is quite intriguing. I often watch them from my window feeding on the Brook trout and that is also quite amusing.
Your photos are remarkable!

Karen said...

Great shots and I love the commentary that goes along with them !!

Pleased to see, that even in the animal kingdom, the wife gets to give her hubby a 'Honey Do' list :-) ;-) ;-)

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Tom, Gorgeous pictures --especially of the Great Blue Herons.. They are working hard, aren't they???

Have a great Easter...
Betsy

CreativeVision said...

Apart from the beautiful bird, the sky caught my attention! Wonderful capture!

ViennaDaily said...

I always wonder when would be the time I could capture such beautiful creatures... :( Happy weekend!

Larry Jordan said...

Super post of the Great Blue Herons Tom! I would love to visit a rookery like that. That first shot of the rookery is great and the last capture of the heron is gorgeous!

Bim said...

Thanks for sharing some great pics - herons are quite rare where I live. I have never seen two of them together, let alone near a nest!

Bryan said...

Keeping that stick steady in flight would be quite the balancing act.

Abe Lincoln said...

You really got the herons and all are nice pictures too.

George said...

I didn't realize there was such a thing as a boss heron, but I'm glad you captured him. Did the last heron ever get airborne with that long stick? Great pictures.

Me and my puppies said...

The great blue ~ one of my favorite

Sandy Kessler said...

excellent - we have lots in our area. I get tickled how they build these huige nests on branches that don't seem like they would support but the way they build them they doo..??Sandy

Babooshka said...

I am awestruck by these images of the blue heron. A bird I really want to capture but no chance.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Fantastic photos.I too would go back for more such pictures.
Blessings,Ruth

amanda said...

Lovely photos. I have seen this majestic bird fly at eye level right past my home, they are amazing birds!

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Wish I had been there. I really want to catch a blue heron with my camera!

Tricia said...

I think I can! hehehe Very cool shots & story there, Mr Fishing Guy!
The wife told the hubby what to do? LoL!!! You crack me up!!!

T and S said...

A neat series on the blue Heron Tom.

Happy Easter.

Luke Wiley said...

I love that blue heron!

Tulip said...

nice photos capturing with their nest. happy easter!

Sue said...

I love blue herons! All very nice pictures! Great captures.

Denise said...

What a great place to visit, wonderful photos, enjoyed every one of them, including your commentary.

Rose said...

These are wonderful captures!

Twisted Fencepost said...

Oh, yes, you must definitely go back for more shots.
I love catching these at the lake we go to each year.
I especially like the shot of the nests in progress.

Salty said...

Great post Tom and good photos!

I would love to visit a GBH rookery but to my knowledge none exist in my area. It does make me wonder though as we have many of them about most of the year.

Tipper said...

Neat shot of the nest building-and the last pic is unbelievable-very good.

Island Style said...

Wow..that is a big nest..but it's also a big bird! Ha..Very nice shots here-

Adrienne in Ohio said...

Tom, thanks so much for sharing the link to this post. I have definitely got to go up there. I'm sure the nest-building is done by now, but I'd still like to see them.