Pacific Great Blue Herons (thank you!)

Pacific Great Blue Herons! I enjoyed writing the title for this post so much I had to write it again. Padding for a short post…

I don’t know too much about birds in general, but find myself increasingly hooked by all the feathered wonders to be found. A couple of weeks ago, our guide in Stanley Park asked if we’d like to see the heron colony? Well, yes! There’s something rather solemn and stately about the way a heron walks – or stalks – and a thrill when they spear and strike.DSCF4801

Our guide took us to a wooded area near the headquarters building of Vancouver Parks. Compared to other parts of the park, it was positively urban, with a road cutting through and condo buildings and tennis courts nearby. Up in the trees were many many nests, and sitting in the nests were many many herons. I always think it’s a jackpot seeing a single heron, so to have dozens nesting and coming and going in one area was an absolute delight.DSCF4806

I snapped a few photographs from underneath, and have shared the best I managed on here today, but the real treat is the following link:

Stanley Park Heron Colony Cam

Go on, you’ll love it! Be sure you have plenty of time and a good cup of coffee. I’m not suggesting you spend hours in front of this, but you might find it hard to tear yourself away. Can you see the eggs? I haven’t spotted the chicks yet, but soon…Reality television!DSCF4804

Pacific Great Blue Herons! Aren’t they beautiful? The herons seem perfectly at home and well used to their city accommodations. I like to see this example of urban and natural coexistence, it makes me hopeful.

Above the fray – if only in my imagination – the herons have kept me sane in what has been a challenging week or two. I keep checking in – can’t help it – and find there’s distraction, excitement and calm being up in those trees. I never thought I’d be a daytime TV person…DSCF4798

Thanks for reading, and have a wonderful weekend!

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23 thoughts on “Pacific Great Blue Herons (thank you!)”

  1. Wow……I am green with envy, I am a big fan of the Blue Heron. When I see them, my heart leaps every time. For you to see this group of nesting Herons, oh my, what a treat. Thank you for posting!


      1. Oh what an idea! I hope to visit a wild bird sanctuary in a week or two, bright and early and will take lots of photos. I need to carry my abstraction creativity to some birds, thank you for the idea!


  2. What a great treat, PC! I encountered some technical difficulties in getting to the cam, I’ll have to try again, but in the meantime, I’m impressed by the numbers they posted. The GB herons have been coming to Stanley Park for nearly a hundred years, and last year alone they had 138 fledglings. That’s incredible! Enjoyed all your photos and especially the one from underneath. A delight to be here, as always — have a great weekend~~


    1. I hope you get the webcam site working for you (I found it works better on a desktop or laptop than a tablet) and you see some live heron action – it’s wonderful!
      Thank you, Jet, and have a great week!

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  3. Herons are such amazing birds. They such a treat to watch. I always find it strange to see them in trees, though. I came across some lessar blue herons in trees years and years ago and it took me a very long time to figure out what I was seeing.


    1. Same as you, Douglas, I’d never thought of them as being in trees, having spotted them mostly in reeds. Quite wonderful, wherever they’re seen!
      Thanks, and I hope you’re having a good week so far!


  4. Glad that the wild birds are catching more of your attention these days, PC. The great blues are wonderful and elegant and, man, can they catch a fish! I’ve seen any number of rookeries, but none as extensive as the park’s. Nice views, too, via the cam.


    1. Happy you enjoyed this one, Walt! Yup, they can fish, and I’ve never seen one catch and release.
      Hope your weekend went well, and the week is off to a good start!


    1. Thanks, Wayne – I believe you take some of the finest heron photos around!
      I once, unintentionally, disturbed a heron, and it squawked and flew off, scaring the sh*t out of me as I hadn’t seen it. Was a beautiful sight once my heart stopped hammering…
      Hope your week is off to a good start!


  5. I always find the herons fascinating to watch and that must have been amazing to see all those nests and herons together. I wasn’t able to access the colony cam, but I will try again. Enjoy your weekend!


  6. Hoping your weekend was a good one, and that the webcam works out if you get a moment – I found it better on a laptop or desktop than on a tablet.
    Thanks, and have a great week!


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