At the Rookery

Last week in my photo class I overheard someone mentioning a path by the rookery- and I interjected, “What rookery? Where?” It turns out that deep in a grove of cottonwoods at Willow Lake there are huge old trees containing enormous heron, egret, and cormorant nests. Although I am sadly lacking in bird knowledge, I love to take photos of them- and the idea of a rookery close by was impossible to resist. A few days later, Lonnie and I found the right path at the lake- and we were there!


As we entered the area, we could hear wingbeats and gutteral squawks overhead before we even saw the nests- which are impossible to miss. I don’t think I managed to convey the enormity of the nests in the photo below, but you can get an idea of how numerous and high up they were.


In the first tree, there were 10 or 12 herons perched on nests or branches and occasionally flying around.  The next tree was packed with cormorants actively nest-building. We didn’t see egrets, although we heard they were around. It was an amazing sight!

I think this is the first time I’ve ever photographed herons from below- probably not a wise place to be.


Stay tuned for more rookery photos tomorrow!

4 responses

  1. Susan

    Come to WI and take pictures of the pelican rookery on our lake😄

    March 7, 2016 at 6:16 am

  2. How cool is that, now that is one check for the photography club. Cool indeed and what a wonderful old tree.

    March 7, 2016 at 6:41 am

  3. And you have every reason to fear standing under a great blue heron! They are big birds! I’m so glad you found the rookery and that you have good access. You’ve seen something I haven’t…a great blue heron rookery or nest! You’ll have to return often to see the progress on the nests and watch for the eggs to hatch.

    March 7, 2016 at 12:07 pm

  4. Wow!

    March 8, 2016 at 10:47 am

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