Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Welcome Home

The theme this week by Christine is "Welcome Home". Mac, Kathy, Craver, Lew, Christine and I have a little contest to show a new theme header each week. We now post anytime before 4 PM EDT on Wednesdays and voting begins after that. 

Well Christine, how do you show Welcome Home? I had to do some real thinking to show this theme. There is one welcome home that I'm amazed with every year. The heron rookery is empty during the winter. Every Spring a lot of photographers welcome the Great Blue Herons back to Cuyahoga Valley National Park. They come back to where they were born. The building of the nest complete the males welcome the females home to the nest to lay their eggs.
They are always heading out for food.
This is a young one fledged and get ready to head for the sky.
They are on the hunt, I enjoyed this one walking a log through the swamp. 
See what the others have to show on my sidebar.  

11 comments:

Sylvia K said...

Awesome captures, gorgeous birds and no one shows them better than you, Tom! Thanks for sharing! Hope your week is going well!

Jackie said...

Didn't know that the Great Blue Heron came back to where it was born.
Fascinating.
Love your photos...
Hope that you have a beautiful week.
Smiles to you,
Jackie

Lew said...

Great shots of these big birds! We have been looking forward to the humming birds in recent years. They still have not left for their trip south.

KaHolly said...

I enjoyed your walk through the swamp, too!! Great images, and perfect for your contest!! ~karen

Craver Vii said...

Wow, you were very close, weren't you! I like seeing the Great Blues. We have them around here, too.

Christine said...

Really, really cool! I always see herons/egrets flying overhead but haven't managed to get close to them, save one (on a golf course in GA with my sister!). Nice captures.

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

They are amazing critters: huge, yet light, ugly squaks! Soon they will be gone. sigh.

katney said...

I love watching the herons. IN flight they bring me back a million years or so as they look so like pterodactyls. I have never found where they nest around here, but see them on the river.

Shoshana said...

Lovely captures, and always a wonderful break. Thank you.

Linda Gross said...

I enjoyed seeing the herons at the rookery, when we visited CVNP.

Filip Demuinck said...

I like your title, it is the computer. Have you seen Troy?

Greetings,
Filip