Revisiting Lake Martin earlier this month, I noticed no occupied nests. In fact, the rookery looked vacated except for large groups of juvenile Little Blue Herons perched atop bushes occupied a month earlier by nesting adults. Here is a view of one group of juveniles.
Canon EOS 7D (158mm, f/7.1, 1/250 sec, ISO200)
Although many were at least partly hidden by branches and leaves of the bushes, a few of the herons were exposed enough to be decent photographic subjects. Below are shots of three of the juveniles.
Canon EOS 7D (600mm, f/8, 1/800 sec, ISO400)
Canon EOS 7D (600mm, f/6.3, 1/800 sec, ISO400)
Canon EOS 7D (500mm, f/7.1, 1/2500 sec, ISO1250)
Every so often, an adult Little Blue Heron would fly into the upper branches of a nearby tree. The photo below is included to demonstrate the huge difference between the juvenile and adult plumages of this species.
Canon EOS 7D (350mm, f/6.3, 1/2500 sec, ISO500)
The interaction of these juvenile and adult Little Blue Herons will be the subject of a future post to this blog.
Click the red marker(s) in the map below to see which of the above photos were taken at that location.