Saturday, May 18, 2013

The Rookery

I am linking up Camera Critters and I'd rather-b-birdin


These shots are from a few weekends ago, hubby and I visited the rookery in York Pa. It is not too far from where I live and I like to watch the progress of the heron and egrets on the nest. I've posted about visiting this rookery on previous years.




The rookery is located in these pine trees which surround a man-made lake in the middle of the city of York Pa. It is a busy place, with children playing and fishing and some people just walking the loop around the lake.


If you go there look closely in the pine trees you will see the nest. Each tree we looked into we saw the egret and heron nest. Some trees had multiple nest of both the Night Heron  and Egret.


Black Crowned Night heron above us in one of the pine trees.


This Night Heron was walking on the branches in the tree just above our heads.


The Night Herons are another one of my favorites.


There is something cool about the BC Night Heron's eye.




The lake had these huge fish, they looked about the size of the night heron. Ok, maybe not that big , but they were BIG.


For more cuteness, how about this family of ducks. Have you ever seen a family of 16 ducklings? They were also in the lake with the huge fish, Mallard ducks and Canada Geese.

 It was fun watching the Night Heron fly back and forth across the lake. I think they were finding more sticks for their nest.

I hope you enjoyed my critter post. I hope everyone has a happy weekend. Thanks for stopping by and I always appreciate your comments. To see more beautiful photos and cute critters
 please visit:  Camera Critters and I'd-Rather-B-Birdin. Thanks to the gracious hosts Misty Dawn of Camera Critters and to Anni of I'd Rather-B-birdin.

39 comments:

Brian King said...

I'm jealous! I still haven't found the rookery here. I'd love to get some shots of herons on the nest! Great photos!

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Well done. great shots of this beautiful heron an egrets.. Congrats and regards..

Indrani said...

16 ducklings! That is indeed a lovely sight and I am reminded of the fresh pine cone smell.

Sue said...

Eileen-you got some wonderful shots. The top one is really nice!

And 16 kids? Oh boy......Mama Duck has her hands (wings?) full!
Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Bob Bushell said...

You had a great day with Herons and Egrets, they are all beautiful.

Ailime said...

Olá Eileen, maravilhosas fotos desse parque. Adorei as garças mas os patinhos no lago são mesmo muito fofinhos. Abraços e bom fim-de-semana. Ailime

Lynne said...

I really, really liked this post. It reminded me of how often you and your husband take off together to photograph what you must enjoy most in life . . . the birds, herons, egrets, geese and so much more. The rookery looks so beautiful with the deep dark green of the spruce and pine. The 16 ducklings . . . "icing on the cake". A wealth of experience you are in enjoying together in this wonderful world.

Happy weekend to you!

Terry said...

Our bird group went to Backus Creek this week but we didn't see much. There was a family of geese, only 4 babies.

TexWisGirl said...

would love to see a black-crowned! how cool!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Loved birding with you! We used to watch a GBH rookery in Oregon and it is so marvelous to see those nests and watch the progress..... don't know where to look for any rookeries around here. We do have night herons and tons and tons of egrets.

rainfield61 said...

You got some of the close-ups of the heroin, which many of us fail to capture.

Debbie said...

oh eileen, what a great place to visit!! images 1 and 2 were my favorites, love the egrets plumage in the first one!!

Noushka said...

Well done Eileen!
These herons don't seem to be too wild and allow a comfortable distance for the pics!
Interestingly, we have similar species in France.
Enjoy your Sunday!

me (maria) said...

Great photos!!
Have a wonderful weekend!

Gunilla Bäck said...

Wonderful shots! The herons are beautiful birds and those ducklings are just adorable. The mom has her hands (wings?) full with 16 of them.

Jo said...

Oh wow, Eileen, I enjoyed your post about the camera critters as well. I just LOVE egrets and herons; here in Africa, often people spot one or other of these birds and say: Oh, another heron/egret. I love to scrutinize them. In our bird book, the egret in your first photo is in "breeding" plumage with those feathery feathers across his back. Thanks for your visit to my blog and kind wishes - I am better now, thanks! Have a great weekend. Jo

DIMI said...

Hallo Eileen!These are very beautiful pictures!!!Great shots and captures!Nice place to visit!Thank you for sharing!
Have a lovely weekend!
Dimi..

George said...

There is something about that first picture that I really like. It's simply awesome. Those ducklings are cute as well.

Maria said...

Beautiful treasures, as usual.

Chel C said...

These birds are fantastic. I love the white heron and oh, those cute ducklings are sooooo sweet! xx

Mia McPherson said...

How wonderful to have a natural rookery close to home!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love seeing this night heron! I'm not sure we see those here in FL. We just got back from the park and saw our nests of Great Blue herons. They sure stay on the nests for a long time! They are all as big as the adults now!

Gary said...

Great series Eileen. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Carole M. said...

a special place to visit Eileen and lovely captures in that setting. I love the egret and night heron and baby ducklings...

Celeste said...

Oh my goodness that first shot is stunning Eileen I can almost understand why ladies wanted those plumes on their hats but I am so glad that fashion has past because they look so beautiful on the egret.

Lily Hydrangea said...

Great bird shots Eileen, I love the shot with the Night Heron standing next to the pine tree with the red berries - beautiful!

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Eileen, Wonderful and exquisite shots of the rookery. I love all things heron and egret. It's said great minds think alike - before seeing your topic for today, I had already written about seeing a Little Blue Heron this afternoon - will be on my blog tomorrow. Have a really great coming week!

pattisjarrett said...

That is a lot of ducklings! Looks like a lovely place to visit.

ladyfi said...

Wow - so many stunning shots! What an amazing visit this must have been.

Hanne Bente said...

Great image series you show with both large and small birds. The image with the mother duck and her ducklings are just adorable.
Thanks for your comment on my blog. Wish you a good day / good new week :) Hanne Bente

NatureFootstep said...

great shots of the Night Heron. And you have ducklings. How nice. They are soo adorable. :)

Anni said...

Oh my oh my....but this made me quite jealous Eileen. I see all kinds of herons and egrets and ducks here, but absolutely no one laying on nests nor little ducklings!! Your post this weekend was exceptional.

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Eileen,
Wow, what a GORGEOUS tour of wonderful pictures with varieties of birds♡♡♡ So clear and they are all beautiful☆☆☆ I never knew the word "Rookery" and from the title, I thought it is a name of the bird at first p;)

Sending you lots of love and hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

edenhills said...

Beautiful captures! What a great place to visit!

Our Neck of the Woods said...

Oh I just love these shots! The ducklings are cute overload haha!

HansHB said...

Great serie of photos, - very good photowork!

❀~Myrna~❀ said...

Spectacular Pics!

Chris Rohrer said...

Any heron is a wonderful bird but the Night Herons do it with style:)

Janna petenjanna (at) yahoo dot com said...

I was just there today. What kind of duck is that with the ducklings? I looked it up on my bird app and it doesn't show up.
Thanks!