Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Return of the Mate

In spite of really wanting a change of birding scenery, I ended up at the Viera Wetlands Saturday morning. Our trip didn't last too long as it turned out to be blazing hot, much too hot for the warm clothes my son was dressed in. Where is our winter by the way? We drove straight to the Great Blue Heron nesting area to see if there were any hatchlings yet, which there were not. One good piece of news to report, the proper mate was in place at the site of the angry birds incident from last week.

Great Blue Heron
Viera Wetlands

This guy obviously had a bit more experience than last weeks undesirable male suitor.


He came bearing nesting material.


He came bearing food; what more could a mate ask for.


Glad there was peace back in the nest! Apparently she was glad too!

Boat-tailed Grackle
Viera Wetlands

Red-bellied Woodpecker
Viera Wetlands

Hello, is anyone home?

Happy Gator

27 comments:

  1. Wow, beautiful photos, love them.
    My favorite is the 4th!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Have a beautiful day.
    Greetings Mette

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  2. Beautiful pictures and a "romantic" story, - and a happy end .... Well done again !

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  3. Again very good pictures Tammy,
    i like this woodpecker also very much.

    Greetings and a nice day,

    Joop

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  4. All are very wonderful photographs and a great documentary. Super!

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  5. Oh, Tammy. What incredible images. You've truly captured the essence of FL.

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  6. Beautiful images, my fave is the Boat-tailed Grackle, the first time i've seen it.

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  7. Great shots again Tammy, the light looks brilliant there and the pictures are wonderfully sharp :-)

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  8. Awesome heron shots- hope they make some nice heron babies. The grackle is gorgeous too.

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  9. oh my gosh! you and brian are battling for best GBH photos, ever! that first shot with the feather action is FANTASTIC!!! but the 4th one of the interacting pair..... major WOW factor!!! holy cow!

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  10. Gorgeous photos, Tammy! Naturally, I love the herons, but your gator shot is beautiful, too! And there's no battle...I know exceptional work when I see it and yours is just that. I may be there one day. Nicely done!

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  11. More tremendous shots of the heron Tammy, but the heart shaped embrace is a absolutely top-notch - a real prize winner, I think.

    A gator too!

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  12. Wonderfully detailed images! Love this:)

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  13. Great shots Tammy, first class material.

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  14. The first photo of the heron is fantastic Tammy!
    J
    Follow me at HEDGELAND TALES

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  15. Wonderful photos Tammy, glad there is peace at the heron's nest again!

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  16. Hola Tammy ¿qué das a las garzas para hacerlas esas fotos tan preciosas?
    La cuarta foto es escepcional, preciosa, única ... Me encanta!!
    Aunque me gustan todas (y mucho)
    Saludos!!

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  17. Beautiful birds those herons, not nearly as nice as that gator though. As if you havent guessed im slightly bias towards the reptilian kind

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  18. Action packed no less. Your captures are superb and certainly offers up a nice variety.

    Thank you

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  19. Hola Tammy magnificas fotografias,las Garzas por lo que veo ya se estan apareando.Un abrazo

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  20. nice group of excellent sharp pics with such good light..I love to read about the herons and to see the nests...our herons nest in such different trees but the behaviour is exactly the same! Good stories that you write about each bird. That red bellied wood pecker if only he would get his head out of there!

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  21. Sehr schöne Bilder kann ich da nur sagen.

    Gruß
    Noke

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  22. Que momentos más maravillosos has inmortalizado en estas imágenes,las Garzas en pleno vuelo y con las tan abiertas y al final con esos gesto de haber hecho las paces.

    Saludos.

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  23. Tammy, I just love those heron photos! Well done! I just saw my first common grackles of the year in CT today and yesterday. Nice post.

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  24. Hallo Tammy,
    fantastische Fotos hast Du hier eingestellt, eine riesige Artenvielfalt..soetwas haben wir hier in Deutschland nur im Zoo oder Tierpark..
    Grüsse aus Deutschland
    Frank

    Hi Tammy,
    You have fantastic photos posted here, have a huge diversity of species .. something like that we here in Germany only in a zoo or animal park ..
    Greetings from Germany
    frank

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