The Viera Wetlands is the place to be right now if you enjoy watching Great Blues carrying out mating rituals! There are nests atop palms scattered throughout the wetlands. The most popular area has a cluster of 8 palms with four of them currently under construction with nests.
The Great Blues come and go frequently. They take off to near by berms to search for just the right stick for their partner. Mates can be eagerly waiting for the arrival of a "gift", usually a stick or twig.
Some pairs were repeating the gift giving over and over...
Some pairs seemed to be just adjusting to the awkwardness of sharing such close quarters with another heron.
And for this pair, the bonding seemed to be off to a rough start.
A nosy neighbor checks in on the squabbling pair.
Some pairs already appear to be incubating eggs. With the incubation period being 25-30 days, maybe we will see some offspring soon!