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!

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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.

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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.

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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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