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.
It was heron mating time again…and, as we know…time flies.
The herons build their nests high up in Beacon’s trees.
The male heron settles near an old, restorable nest (nest building as home renovation).
He then puts on a show…to attract a mate.
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.
After mating, the female heron will nestle…seeking solitude.
For most females, April will bring three to five eggs.
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.
The nimble landings are impressive.
The search will last into the evening…
…until the twig is at hand (or mouth).
Then it’s back to the nest.
The male heron passes the branch off to his mate.
Once the nest is built, incubation lasts about 28 days.
And then…it will be the young heron’s time.