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Great Blue Heron

Hanging out with the Herons

Great Blue Herons are busy making their homes this spring along the Colorado Front Range. I visited a small rookery in Lakewood this morning and watched a half dozen or so of them as they went about their routine.

They were quite entertaining. One pair in particular was very busy on their nest with the male constantly fetching new material. When he brought it, the female would take it and place it where she felt best.

Scroll down for a bunch more images from today’s visit with these birds.

A male Great Blue Heron passes off some nest building material to its mate.   (© Tony’s Takes)

A male Great Blue Heron passes off some nest building material to its mate. (© Tony’s Takes)

Great Blue Heron flyover

While out taking pictures yesterday I spotted a bird with a large wingspan flying right toward me. As it got closer I realized it was a Great Blue Heron and it proceeded to fly directly overhead. This made for some very fun pictures as you can tell.

The image gives a great look at its detailed plumage and coloring as well as its funky feet. What I found most interesting were the eyes and how it appears this large heron can actually look straight down while in flight! Kind of neat. You can learn more about this bird here.

A Great Blue Heron flies directly overhead.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A Great Blue Heron flies directly overhead. (© Tony’s Takes)

Flasher!

I went for a walk along the South Platte River yesterday and while I managed some decent pics of eagles, this pervert distracted me. 😉

A Great Blue Heron spreads its wings on a pond in Thornton, Colorado.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A Great Blue Heron spreads its wings on a pond in Thornton, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

 

Breakfast is served: Osprey enjoys a meal of fish

My plan was to find some bald eagles in northern Colorado where I had luck last weekend.  Today they were more elusive and nowhere to be found so I found a few other subjects including a hungry osprey.

The goslings, great blue heron and red-winged blackbird are quite common in Colorado this time of year.  The heron, as usual, proved to be the most difficult to get close to and as usual, I ended up with only a parting shot.

The osprey is the male of a pair that nests at the Boulder County Fairgrounds.  She was sitting on her eggs while he had the opportunity to roam around.  He flew off soon after I arrived but returned with his breakfast – a fish.  It was fun watching him eat but I do wish he had cooperated for some good flight shots.

An osprey enjoys his breakfast on a light pole.  (© Tony’s Takes)

An osprey enjoys his breakfast on a light pole. (© Tony’s Takes)

Osprey, great blue heron and geese

My usual Saturday morning photo shoot took me back to Longmont, Colorado to check out the osprey again.  As before, they were very compliant and provided some great shots – including many of them enjoying a sushi breakfast.

Making a guest appearance was a family of Canada geese and their newly hatched goslings as well as a great blue heron.

As you view the photos below, you will see the last nine photos are a sequence where one of the osprey has twine on its talons.  It was very interesting to watch.  I was focusing on one sitting on a pole when its mate came flying over.

It had some twine stuck to its claw and seemed pretty upset about it. It took back off and started dragging its claws in the water and then even did a belly skid in an attempt to get it off. It is pretty interesting to see. Glad it worked out.

Please disregard the poor quality of that series of images – it all happened so fast I didn’t have a chance to adjust the exposure on the fly.

An osprey makes a close fly by. (© Tony’s Takes)

An osprey makes a close fly by. (© Tony’s Takes)

 

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