Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Debut of Green Heron Fledglings on Boomer Lake 08-11-14


                                                  First Three Green Heron Chicks Fledged




                                                          Pair of Green Heron Fledglings



                                                          Fourth Green Heron Chick


                                                           Eastern Tiger Swallowtail


                                                                        Ditto


                                                          Fourth Young Green Heron


                                                            A Green Heron Parent

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                                                                     Mallard Hen





                                                         
                                                  Green Heron Fledgling Perches in a Tree












                                                Green Heron Fledgling Notes Its Reflection






                                                    Two Youngsters Decide What to Do


                                                             Off to See the Parents








                                     Great Blue Heron is Disturbed by the Green Heron Clan






The past two days had wonderful weather, and my surprise for the day was fledgling Green Herons.  I knew that they were there, and they debuted today to learn and study the world.  The parents were present and provided some wonderful instructional guidance.  However, the herons watched and learned beforehand, to see what was going to transpire.  They were and are quick studies, but it will be about another four weeks before they leave their parents.  If they leave this area, they won't go far, perhaps a little south of here, though they could travel to Central America.  However, that is quite a distance for birds that were born so late in the season.  These birds have several predators, including alligators, raccoons, snakes, and half the young birds are fortunate to make it to adulthood.  It is a hard life.  Just for trivia, the oldest Green Heron was almost eight years old.