Great Blue Heron Rookery

A heron rookery is a place where large numbers of herons gather to nest. I received permission to photograph these Great Blue Herons that were nesting in dead trees in a pond on private property in Minnesota. There were about 200 nests in this large rookery and there was so much activity that I stood in the woods on the far end of the pond and focused on taking images of just a few trees of nesting herons. I went every week for 10 weeks to photograph the entire nesting process. It was a fascinating experience to watch the herons build their nest, sit on their eggs and then see baby chick heads start popping up in the nests. The chicks grew quickly in size to juveniles and then to immature adults that eventually outgrew their nests and flew off.







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H2 Close-up Of Heron Rookery


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H3 Nesting Blue Herons And One Nest Of Cormorants


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H4 Female Heron In Nest


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H5 Male Heron Beside Nest


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H6 Another Nesting Heron


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H7 Within A Few Weeks First Chicks Emerge


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H8 Female Heron Checks On Her Chicks


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H9 Chicks In Another Nest


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H10 Heron Watching Her Chicks


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H11 Herons Regurgitate Food To Feed Their Young


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H12 Heron Opening Her Beak To Feed Chicks


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H13 Chicks Pull On Mother's Beak


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H14 Chicks Scurry For Food


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H15 Juvenile Herons Grow Quickly


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H16 Heron With Nest Of Juveniles


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H17 Great White Heron Lands In Rookery


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H18 Great Blue Heron Juveniles Cautiously Watch Great White Heron


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H19 Heron Rookery With Nests Of Juveniles


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H20 Juveniles Are Growing Larger Daily


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H21 Playing With Siblings


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H22 Nest Of Juveniles


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H23 Daily Growth


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H24 Juveniles Are Growing Into Immature Adults


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H25 Immature Adult Herons Feeding


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H26 Siblings Compete For Food


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H27 Every Sibling Gets Fed


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H28 Family Of Young Herons


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H29 Immature Adult Herons Are Outgrowing Their Nests


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H30 Male Heron With His Immature Adult Children


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H31 Full Nest


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H32 Heron Family


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H33 Immature Adults Are Getting Ready To Fly


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H34 All Nests Are Empty Except One


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