My Great Blue Heron adventure started on June 30th, 2014. An employee at the hotel I was staying noticed I was a nature photographer. He mentioned that it was early in the year, but a Heron laid an egg and showed me the nest. Immediately I fell in love with it. At first glance, I knew its entire existence was dedicated to what it laid on. It choose a high spot on a tree with two or three branches. I thought to myself, “that’s an odd spot to lay an egg.” I’ve already been at the hotel a week or so, to know large Hawks prey on small animals in the area.
A few days later, I saw it from afar by the lake hunting for fish. Still it didn’t impress me. I took a few photos not noticing how tall it was, until the next day when I accidentally walked next to it. It was big and powerful, no hawk has a chance when this bird is caring for its young. I wear camouflage gear for these very moments, to go barely noticed three feet from the animal I’m photographing.
A week later the egg hatched. The adult Heron would leave right before sunset, to bring something to eat to the baby Heron when it wakes. From afar, I can hear the young Heron calling for the parent, it’s very hungry.
By now, another week has passed and I could barely get a look at it, until it leaped on the edge of its nest today. Obviously you can tell it’s eating very well because the care it receives.
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