Egrets and Herons Nesting

Some new photographs of Snowy,Cattle,Great Egrets and Great Blue Heron chicks in their nests and fledged. A few images were taken previously. All were taken in San Diego Co, California at several locations.

Snowy Egrets fighting

Snowy Egrets fighting

Cattle egret chicks

Snowy egrets

Great Egret

Great Egret

Great Egret

Great Egret

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron chicks

Great Blue Heron chicks

Great Blue Heron chicks

Great Blue Heron chicks

Great Blue Heron chicks

Great Blue Heron chicks

Great Blue Heron chicks

Great Blue Heron chicks

Great Blue Heron chicks

Great Blue Heron chicks

Great Blue Heron chicks

Great Blue Heron chicks

Great Blue Herons

Great Blue Heron Fishing

Great Blue Heron Fishing


Great Blue Heron Landing

Great Blue Heron Landing


Heron Fishing

Heron Fishing


Heron Catching Fish

Heron Catching Fish


Heron Catching Fish

Heron Catching Fish


Heron Catching Fish

Heron Catching Fish

Great Blue Herons arriving and catching fish at Seabeck, Wa on the Hood Canal west of Bremerton, Wa. This is the same location for the Bald Eagles, both arriving at the same time for the abundance of the sculpin fish at low tide. The morning light was the best at around 8-9 am depending on tides. Once the Herons arrive signaling the low tide and availability of fish, the Bald Eagles follow.

Bald Eagles at Seabec, Wa

Eagle Catching Fish

Eagle Catching Fish

Eagle Landing

Eagle Landing

Bald Eagle and GB Heron fight

Bald Eagle and GB Heron fight

Great Blue Herons Fight

Great Blue Herons Fight

Eagle and Heron Standoff

Eagle and Heron Standoff

Eagle juve and Adult Fight

Eagle juve and Adult Fight

3 Eagles

3 Eagles

Eagle with Fish

Eagle with Fish

Bald Eagle fight

Bald Eagle fight

Eagles mid-air

Eagles mid-air

Eagle with Fish

Eagle with Fish

Bald Eagles at Seabec, Wa in late June during minus tides when they congregate to feed on small fish in the oyster beds during very low tides. All photographs taken with the new Canon 1dx mark ii and 300 mm f2.8 ii with either a 1.4 or 2.0 extender. This is the only time they congregate in quantities during the year with up to 50 or more eagles at a time. At times they fly right over your head, too close to focus but are generally about 30 to 100 feet away and flying back to the trees  when not eating fish.

 

 

Owls and Great Blue Herons

Great Horned Owl chicks

Great Horned Owl chicks

 

Barn Owl

Barn Owl

Barn Owl

Barn Owl

Barn Owls

Barn Owls

Great Blue Heron nest

Great Blue Heron nest

Great Blue Heron nest

Great Blue Heron nest

Great Blue Heron nest

Great Blue Heron nest

Great Horned Owl Chicks

Great Horned Owl Chicks

 

Here are some recent photographs of Great Horned Owl chicks and Barn Owls. The unusual part is that they were in the same barn and coexisted. Usually Great Horned are dominant and will kill or chase away the Barn owls.

 

The Great Blue Herons are in tall pine trees near the coast and the young can fly but still hang around the nest to be fed by the adults. It is not smart to stand directly under the nest as the extensive “white-wash” on the ground is a warning.