Monday, May 16, 2016

Out of the Nest

One of the many juvenile Great Blue Herons who have called the Heron Rookery on Old Hickory Lake their home this Spring is finally out of the nest. He has to make his way in the world. Can you imagine? As he stood motionless for probably half an hour, his parents stood close guard over him, both Mom and Dad. Finally, he flew off. I love his scruffy headed look. It's as though he just got up out of bed. And in some ways he had. He only stood about a foot tall in comparison to his 3 foot tall parents. We kept our distance from the threesome so as not to scare him or them. The rookery was a busy place with Egrets, and Black Crowned and Great Blues coming and going. ENJOY!


  1. Hmmm, I hope the day was warm, no cold breeze to ruffle that soft down, and guess he will grow tall like Mum and Dad.

  2. He looks so disgruntled. Also - that's how I wear my hair!

  3. Wonderful to see this fledgeling make it's first flight.