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mcat | profile | all galleries >> Wild Birds >> Hillsborough Crocker Lake Great Blue Herons 2006 tree view | thumbnails | slideshow

Hillsborough Crocker Lake Great Blue Herons 2006

We are very fortunate to have these two pair of Great Blue Herons nesting at Hillsborough's Crocker Lake. These pictures were taken during their nesting season of 2006 by Catherine Dobbins. They sat on their nests from January until April 15 when the eggs hatched and each pair raised three chicks who finally left the nests in June 2006. The parents currently revisit the nests and lake area periodically and typically will begin refurbishing their nests in November-December as another breeding season approaches. Click on pictures to enlarge or click in upper right hand corner to view series as a slideshow. Stay tuned for the 2007 nesting season!
Great Blue Heron Parents
Great Blue Heron Parents
Crocker Lake
Crocker Lake
Nest
Nest
Heron Tree
Heron Tree
Male Heron
Male Heron
Getting twig
Getting twig
Getting twig
Getting twig
Nest 2.  Light rain
Nest 2. Light rain
Nest 2  Light rain
Nest 2 Light rain
Nest 2  Light rain.
Nest 2 Light rain.
Nest 2  Light rain
Nest 2 Light rain
Sitting on the nest in the wind
Sitting on the nest in the wind
Male presenting twig
Male presenting twig
Male presenting twig
Male presenting twig
Male presenting twig
Male presenting twig
Male presenting twig
Male presenting twig
Male presenting twig
Male presenting twig
Male presenting twig
Male presenting twig
Male Preening
Male Preening
Parents with Chicks in Nest 2
Parents with Chicks in Nest 2
Male with 2 chicks in Nest 2
Male with 2 chicks in Nest 2
Female with chicks in Nest 2
Female with chicks in Nest 2
Female with chicks in Nest 2
Female with chicks in Nest 2
Chick looks at parents feet in Nest 2
Chick looks at parents feet in Nest 2
Male with 2 chicks in Nest 2
Male with 2 chicks in Nest 2
Female  with 2 chicks in Nest 1
Female with 2 chicks in Nest 1
Three Chicks, Nest 2
Three Chicks, Nest 2
Chick swallows whole fish in Nest 2
Chick swallows whole fish in Nest 2
Fish Lunch (koi, perhaps!)  Nest 1
Fish Lunch (koi, perhaps!) Nest 1
Two of three chicks in Nest 1
Two of three chicks in Nest 1
Two of three chicks in Nest 2
Two of three chicks in Nest 2
Parents share parenting.  Greeting dance when male returns to stay with chicks
Parents share parenting. Greeting dance when male returns to stay with chicks
Greeting when male returns to nest
Greeting when male returns to nest
Male  reaches around females neck to touch her back
Male reaches around females neck to touch her back
Female reaches through males neck
Female reaches through males neck
Female reaches through males neck
Female reaches through males neck
Greeting at nest change
Greeting at nest change
Male drying off after fishing
Male drying off after fishing
Keeping chicks warm on a cold, windy day.
Keeping chicks warm on a cold, windy day.
Parenting trials
Parenting trials
Nest 2 Chicks
Nest 2 Chicks
Nest 1 Chicks
Nest 1 Chicks
Nest 1 Chicks
Nest 1 Chicks
Nest 2 Chicks
Nest 2 Chicks
Nest  2 Chicks
Nest 2 Chicks
Greeting
Greeting
Greeting
Greeting
Beak Wrestle
Beak Wrestle
Three Amigos in Nest 2
Three Amigos in Nest 2
I Want More Food!
"I Want More Food!"
Lecturing the Youngest Chick
Lecturing the Youngest Chick
Caught in the Middle
Caught in the Middle
Teenagers Wanting Food
Teenagers Wanting Food
Teenagers acting up
Teenagers acting up
Begging for more food
Begging for more food
Enough!
Enough!
Naptime
Naptime
Looking left
Looking left
Looking up
Looking up
Looking right
Looking right
Looking down
Looking down
Nest 1 Chicks
Nest 1 Chicks
Nest 2 Chicks
Nest 2 Chicks
Nest 2 Chicks fill the nest when napping
Nest 2 Chicks fill the nest when napping
Nest 2 chicks after a feeding
Nest 2 chicks after a feeding
Chicks, Nest 2
Chicks, Nest 2
Feeding frenzy, Nest 2
Feeding frenzy, Nest 2
A first short flight to the next tree stump for chick
A first short flight to the next tree stump for chick
First Flight--chick landing in the top of a dead pine
First Flight--chick landing in the top of a dead pine
Nest 1 Chicks
Nest 1 Chicks
Nest 2 Chicks
Nest 2 Chicks
Last Chick left in the nest--everyone else has fledged
Last Chick left in the nest--everyone else has fledged
Begging for dinner
Begging for dinner
Alone--Last chick left in the nest
Alone--Last chick left in the nest
Parents
Parents