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Great Blue Heron Nest Building

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Spring is such a great time of year for bird watching. One of my most favorites to watch are the Great Blue Herons in Boulder County, Colorado. You can watch these birds for hours as they fly in and out of the nest to the ground grabbing sticks for their nest. An amazing sight to see like watching prehistoric animals in flight.

Here are some great Blue Heron Facts. Hope you enjoy these images and information.

The Great Blue Heron belongs to a large family that includes herons, egrets, and bitterns. This world-wide family has about 60 species. The Great White Heron of Florida is a local color variation of the Great Blue and belongs to the same species.

The Great Blue Heron’s long legs allow it to hunt in deeper water than most other herons and egrets.

Great Blue Herons lay from three to seven eggs, but the usual number is four.

The Great blue Heron has special neck vertebrae that allow the neck to curl into an “S” shape, and its structure allows a lightning-quick strike at prey. In flight the neck is folded back into the S-shape and the legs are stretched out behind them.

Great Blue Herons can hunt day and night thanks to a high percentage of rod-type photoreceptors in their eyes that improve their night vision

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Great Blue Herons typically breed in colonies containing a few to several hundred pairs. Nest building begins when a male chooses a nesting territory and actively displays to attract a female. The large nest is usually built high up in a tree. The male gathers sticks for the female who constructs a platform nest lined with small twigs, bark strips, and conifer needles. The female lays 2-6 pale blue eggs, then both parents incubate them for 25-29 days (4 weeks) until the young hatch. The parents bring food to young at the nest for two months before the young can fly and continue feeding the birds for a few weeks after fledging the nest.

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Great Blue Heron Hanging Out

A scenic view of some Colorado Great Blue Heron hanging out in their nest in the trees tops.  This was the first time I have seen them all in the nest at once.  They were doing some springtime nest building on this morning. This image has a layer of texture added.Fine art nature landscape wildlife photography poster prints, decorative canvas prints, acrylic prints, metal prints, greeting cards and stock images by James Bo Insogna (C)   - All Rights Reserved.  *PLEASE NOTE, WATERMARKS WILL NOT BE ON THE PURCHASE PRINTS*

A scenic view of some Colorado Great Blue Heron hanging out in their nest in the trees tops. This was the first time I have seen them all in the nest at once. They were doing some springtime nest building on this morning. This image has a layer of texture added.

Fine art nature landscape wildlife photography poster prints, decorative canvas prints, acrylic prints, metal prints, greeting cards and stock images by James Bo Insogna (C) – All Rights Reserved. *PLEASE NOTE, WATERMARKS WILL NOT BE ON THE PURCHASE PRINTS*

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron, this species usually breeds in colonies, in trees close to lakes or other wetlands like you see in this fine art photography image. Often such colonies include only Great Blue Herons, sometimes they nest alongside other species of herons. These groups are called heronry. Heronry are usually relatively close, usually within 4 to 5 km (2.5 to 3.1 mi), to ideal feeding spots. Colorado Fine art nature landscape wildlife photography poster prints, decorative canvas prints, acrylic prints, metal prints, greeting cards and stock images by James Bo Insogna (C)   - All Rights Reserved.  *PLEASE NOTE, WATERMARKS WILL NOT BE ON THE PURCHASE PRINTS*

Great Blue Heron, this species usually breeds in colonies, in trees close to lakes or other wetlands like you see in this fine art photography image. Often such colonies include only Great Blue Herons, sometimes they nest alongside other species of herons. These groups are called heronry. Heronry are usually relatively close, usually within 4 to 5 km (2.5 to 3.1 mi), to ideal feeding spots. Colorado Fine art nature landscape wildlife photography poster prints, decorative canvas prints, acrylic prints, metal prints, greeting cards and stock images by James Bo Insogna (C) – All Rights Reserved. *PLEASE NOTE, WATERMARKS WILL NOT BE ON THE PURCHASE PRINTS*

Thats A Lot Of Heron

A scenic view of some Colorado Great Blue Heron hanging out in their nest in the trees.  This was the first time I have seen them all in the nest at once.  They were doing some springtime nest building. Fine art nature landscape wildlife photography poster prints, decorative canvas prints, acrylic prints, metal prints, greeting cards and stock images by James Bo Insogna (C)   - All Rights Reserved.  *PLEASE NOTE, WATERMARKS WILL NOT BE ON THE PURCHASE PRINTS*

A scenic view of some Colorado Great Blue Heron hanging out in their nest in the trees. This was the first time I have seen them all in the nest at once. They were doing some springtime nest building.

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Colorado Great Blue Heron

Colorado Great Blue Heron, this species usually breeds in colonies, in trees close to lakes or other wetlands like you see in this image. Often such colonies include only Great Blue Herons, sometimes they nest alongside other species of herons. These groups are called heronry (a more specific term than "rookery"). The size of these colonies may be large, ranging between 5–500 nests per colony, with an average of approximately 160 nests per colony. Heronry are usually relatively close, usually within 4 to 5 km (2.5 to 3.1 mi), to ideal feeding spots. Great Blue Herons build a bulky stick nest, and the female lays three to six pale blue eggs. One brood is raised each year. If the nest is abandoned or destroyed, the female may lay a replacement clutch. Reproduction is negatively affected by human disturbance, particularly during the beginning of nesting. Repeated human intrusion into nesting areas often results in nest failure, with abandonment of eggs or chicks.Both parents feed the young at the nest by regurgitating food. Parent birds have been shown to consume up to four times as much food when they are feeding young chicks than when laying or incubating eggs.Eggs are incubated for around 28 days and hatch asynchronously over a period of several days. The first chick to hatch usually becomes more experienced in food handling and aggressive interactions with siblings, and so often grows more quickly than the other chicks. Predators of eggs and nestlings include turkey vultures, several corvids, hawks, bears and raccoons, the latter two also potential predators of adults. Adult herons, due to their size, have few natural predators, but can be taken by Bald Eagles, Golden Eagles and, less frequently, Great Horned Owls and Red-tailed Hawks. When predation on an adult or chick occurs at a breeding colony, the colony can be abandoned by the other birds, but this does not always occur.  Source Wikipedia.   Colorado Fine art nature landscape wildlife photography poster prints, decorative canvas prints, acrylic prints, metal prints, greeting cards and stock images by James Bo Insogna (C)   - All Rights Reserved.  *PLEASE NOTE, WATERMARKS WILL NOT BE ON THE PURCHASE PRINTS*

Colorado Great Blue Heron, this species usually breeds in colonies, in trees close to lakes or other wetlands like you see in this image. Often such colonies include only Great Blue Herons, sometimes they nest alongside other species of herons. These groups are called heronry (a more specific term than “rookery”). The size of these colonies may be large, ranging between 5–500 nests per colony, with an average of approximately 160 nests per colony. Heronry are usually relatively close, usually within 4 to 5 km (2.5 to 3.1 mi), to ideal feeding spots. Great Blue Herons build a bulky stick nest, and the female lays three to six pale blue eggs. One brood is raised each year. If the nest is abandoned or destroyed, the female may lay a replacement clutch. Reproduction is negatively affected by human disturbance, particularly during the beginning of nesting. Repeated human intrusion into nesting areas often results in nest failure, with abandonment of eggs or chicks.Both parents feed the young at the nest by regurgitating food. Parent birds have been shown to consume up to four times as much food when they are feeding young chicks than when laying or incubating eggs.Eggs are incubated for around 28 days and hatch asynchronously over a period of several days. The first chick to hatch usually becomes more experienced in food handling and aggressive interactions with siblings, and so often grows more quickly than the other chicks. Predators of eggs and nestlings include turkey vultures, several corvids, hawks, bears and raccoons, the latter two also potential predators of adults. Adult herons, due to their size, have few natural predators, but can be taken by Bald Eagles, Golden Eagles and, less frequently, Great Horned Owls and Red-tailed Hawks. When predation on an adult or chick occurs at a breeding colony, the colony can be abandoned by the other birds, but this does not always occur. Source Wikipedia.

Colorado Fine art nature landscape wildlife photography poster prints, decorative canvas prints, acrylic prints, metal prints, greeting cards and stock images by James Bo Insogna (C) – All Rights Reserved. *PLEASE NOTE, WATERMARKS WILL NOT BE ON THE PURCHASE PRINTS*

Great Blue Heron Birdsnest

A scenic view of some Colorado Great Blue Heron hanging out in their nest in the trees.  This was the first time I have seen them all in the nest at once.  They were doing some springtime nest building. Fine art image with a layer of texture.Fine art nature landscape wildlife photography poster prints, decorative canvas prints, acrylic prints, metal prints, greeting cards and stock images by James Bo Insogna (C)   - All Rights Reserved.  *PLEASE NOTE, WATERMARKS WILL NOT BE ON THE PURCHASE PRINTS*

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A scenic view of some Colorado Great Blue Heron hanging out in their nest in the trees. This was the first time I have seen them all in the nest at once. They were doing some springtime nest building.

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