Thursday, June 17, 2010

At Oceanside Harbor



Despite two expansive bird sanctuary lagoons flanking our town, these two great blue herons have chosen the top of a tall pine tree just up the coast at Oceanside Harbor for their nest.

Great blue herons are a common bird in North America, the Caribbean and all the way to the Galapagos Islands. They grow from 36-55" tall with a wingspan of 66-79". Being the largest of all herons, their only natural predators are great horned owls and bald eagles. Great blue herons build their nests in colonies and it is common for there to be over 150 large stick nests in the group. Each female lays between 3-6 pale blue eggs and both parents feed the newly hatched chicks.

The great blue heron is a wading bird and due to its size can find food deeper than other herons. It uses its beak like a spear to catch fish, mice, insects, shellfish and small birds, swallowing its catch whole.

Thanks to local wildlife photographer Chris Mayne for sharing his beautiful picture.

4 comments:

High Desert Design Council said...
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lulu said...

世間是非,要如水泥地般水過則乾。................................................................

Sweet Repose said...

I spend a lot of time at our local wetlands and am always seeing these magnificent creatures gingerly stepping over the branches from dead fall, what elegant birds!

The Weaver of Grass said...

Herons nesting in trees always make me smile GW - we have the grey heron here and they nest in trees, usually in a heronry - when they stand up in the tree tops they look so unsteady.