Caution: Herons at Work!

Beacon Hill Park in Victoria, BC, has hosted horse races in the 1860s, cricket matches since 1866, and love-ins in the 1960s.

This April brought another love-in, and a Blue Heron sky over the park.

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It was heron mating time again…and, as we know…time flies.

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The herons build their nests high up in Beacon’s trees.

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The male heron settles near an old, restorable nest (nest building as home renovation).

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He then puts on a show…to attract a mate.

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It’s a new partner each year, and if you’ve a heron over two years old…a quick hook-up.

A match made…in a tree.

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After mating, the female heron will nestle…seeking solitude.

For most females, April will bring three to five eggs.

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Nest construction continues through the nesting period, as the male heron hunts for materials from nearby trees.

Air traffic is heavy for these twig-seeking herons. 

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The nimble landings are impressive.

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The search will last into the evening…

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…until the twig is at hand (or mouth).

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Then it’s back to the nest.

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The male heron passes the branch off to his mate. 

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Once the nest is built, incubation lasts about 28 days.

And then…it will be the young heron’s time.

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One comment

  1. simpletravelourway · May 11, 2013

    Great photos!

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