Thursday, June 12, 2014

Saturday's Critters #28

Saturday's Critters #28



Hello and happy weekend!  It's that time to share your critters. I hope to see you join in with the Saturday Critter Party.

My critter post is on our visit to the York, Pennsylvania Great Egret rookery.. I posted about last years visit here: Great Egret rookery
The Black-crowned Night Herons can also be found at this same spot, a local neighborhood park and lake called Kiwanis Lake .



Hubby and I walked around the lake looking up at the trees with these beautiful Great Egrets. It is still amazing that these birds nest in the treetops..



The male made several trips for new sticks or twigs, they were transferred to the female on the nest and she would place the sticks or twigs just were they were needed..It is neat to see how they balance themselves with those big feet on the pine branches..


A Great Egret rookery is a communal nesting ground from a few to hundreds of nesting birds. The same rookery and trees can be used for years. The rookery is usually a protected area to keep the birds safe while while raising their babies..


The rookery is located at the Kiwanis Lake above and the trees that surround the lake. It has been listed on the Important Bird Area (IBA).  Just a walk along the path and looking up at the trees you would be amazed at the Egrets and Night Herons nesting right near the people fishing, children playing and houses across the street and cars riding by.



Above you can just barely make out the eyes and bill of one of the Egret chicks.


Hubby and I enjoy walking around the lake while watching these birds, I would think soon some of the chicks could be out foraging for themselves.. I hope you enjoyed my Great Egret Post..






Thank you for linking up to the critter party. I appreciate the visits, comments and the support of my blogging friends..


To see more beautiful birds and cute critters, check out these two memes below.

Please visit:  I'd-Rather-B-Birdin. Thanks to the gracious host: Anni of I'd Rather-B-birdin. Also, sharing with Camera Critters. Thanks to Misty for hosting.


60 comments:

Minoru Saito said...

Hi! Eileen. Your great egret photos are breathtakingly beautiful. I uploaded my thumbnasil photo. Thanks for sharing. Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

Gunilla Bäck said...

They're very elegant looking birds. I wish you a wonderful weekend and thank you for hosting!

Sue said...

Birds have certainly learned to adapt to us noisy humans quite well. Amazing place, Eileen. Glad you got to see it.

orchid Miyako said...

Just Amazing and Beautiful; blue sky and Egret's white wing to flying off is fascinating picture♡♡♡ And I love the shot male bringing the twig ti the nest, I always think birds have great balance sense staying thin branches p;)

I'm so busy and feeling guilty not to be able to feed back much, but Ill try♪♪♪

Sending you lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

HOOTIN ANNI said...

EXCELLENT!!!!

Jo said...

Hi Eileen, these Egret images are stunningly beautiful! What a privilege to share this with you from all the way across the world. Have a great weekend. Jo

Irma said...

What a great series of photos of these Egrets, Eileen.
I wish you a very nice weekend.
Greetings Irma

*Manja* said...

Wunderschön!
Lieben Gruß,*Manja*

Lynne said...

WONDERFUL post . . . what a rest that would be to see!

Brian King said...

Beautiful photos! It is kind of ironic how such big birds can nest in tree tops.

Gerald (SK14) said...

Love especially the second shot of the huge white heron.

Steve Borichevsky said...

Very nice images. You've done well with the Egrets.

The Furry Gnome said...

Great pictures, and what a coincidence. I also have great Egret rookery pictures to post later on today.

Montanagirl said...

Wow, really neat photos, Eileen - I would love to see something like this in person!

Roan said...

Absolutely gorgeous series of shots!

Willow said...

These are spectacular Eileen !

TexWisGirl said...

the first photo with the wing against the sky is gorgeous! i've still never seen an egret or heron's nest, although i'm certain they're close by.

thanks for hosting!

VioletSky said...

You got some magnificent shots of these birds (and in not one do they look inelegant as sometimes happens with egrets and herons!)

Debbie said...

WoW, eileen, your images are like masterpieces!!

i close my eyes and imagine myself there, sharing those moments, how exciting this experience would be. these are images that will be in "your" memory forever!!

the first two images, took my breath away!!

Alexa T said...

Hello, Eileen! Lovely and so stunning these pictures of egrets... they almost look like white stork!! And such beautiful place the Kiwanis Lake... Ahve a great weekend! Alexa T

Ni de Aqui, Ni de Alla said...

Great pictures! They are so big I'm also amazed of how they can balance on those branches. The picture of the young one peeking through the branches it's awesome.

Terri @ Backward B Ranch said...

Very cool to see them up so high in the trees, balancing...it seems like they would be too heavy. Nice shots!

DIMI said...

Hello Eileen!!Great shots of the Egret bird!!What a beautiful and elegant bird!!And what an amazing place!!Thank you for sharing!!Have a happy weekend!
Dimi...

Misty DawnS said...

Outstanding photos of the Egrets!!! They are such gorgeous birds!

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

some gor-jus shots

kudos

Small City Scenes said...

Huge birds. What ever made them nest in trees to begin with. Well I know the answer but they almost look awkward up there. MB

Blackberry Lane said...

Enjoyable and amazing photos, Eileen.

Frank said...

A very elegant species and interesting to see that they co-habit in such close proximity to human activity.

Black Jack's Carol said...

Your shots are truly magnificent, Eileen! The habits of the egrets seem to similar to what we see at the Blue Heron rookery in Stanley Park. I loved this post!

Kay said...

Fantastic photos. Those egrets are huge. We have snowy egrets here and they are smaller.

Gary Phillips said...

Love shot # 2. Boom, Bobbi and Gary.

Beth said...

Awesome photos!

lina@a happy family said...

Wonderful series. The bird in the first pic looks elegant.

Christian Weiß said...

Beautiful photos and great to have such a colony. Thanks for the comment, Gambia is a paradise for birding, easy accessible and full with exotic species.

Bob Bushell said...

Oh wow, they are beautiful, love 'em.

George said...

Your photos of the egrets are marvelous. I especially like the first two. Thanks for sharing these. I hope you're having a great weekend.

Beth said...

Spectacular photos, and gorgeous birds! I enjoyed seeing the egrets, Eileen.

Our photos said...

Wow, these are large !

Andrea Priebe said...

What magnificent birds. We had a rookery on one of our lakes and it was blown down in a storm ... I haven't been able to find where they moved, but I know they did, because they are still around. Beautiful post Eileen.

Andrea @ From the Sol

Marco Luijken said...

Hello Eileen,
Very good shots of these herons. Wonderful!!

Best regards,
Marco

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

It takes my breath away!!!!!!!!!!!!

Betty Manousos said...

awe!! great shots of the herons as usual, eileen!! it's really hard to pick a fave.

happy weekend~
xo

Marie said...

Beautiful birds! That first shot is like an angel ascending into heaven!

Pat said...

They are beautiful birds. I love that first shot, Eileen.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Eileen, your photos are both beautiful and magnificent! What an amazing experience to see these amazing and elegant birds!

A Quiet Corner said...

Eileen, how beautiful this must be in person...the pix are awesome...but on person, would be outstanding!!!...:)JP

Betsy Brock said...

That is amazing! In Maryland??? Gorgeous!

Linda W. said...

AMAZING shot of the egrets, especially your first two.

Stephanie said...

Gorgeous bird, so white.

Saun said...

Gorgeous birds awesome shots!

Phil Slade said...

Hi Eileen and thanks for hosting your party again. I think your egret photos are wonderful, and it's also wonderful to hear how the egrets live in harmony with the local traffic and people.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Beth @ "E." Lizard Breath Speaks said...

those wings are amazing!! gorgeous clouds. ( :

Crafty Green Poet said...

those egrets are huge (as well as beautiful)!

Anni said...

I'm back to say: Thanks for linking up this weekend at the Bird D'Pot!! All the birders appreciate your participation.

rainfield61 said...

It feels like heaven in the first picture.

Ela said...

Wow ! Such gorgeous birds and wonderful photos !
Eileen, have a nice Sunday :)

Pia said...

Thanks for taking me along to this wonderful walk, Eileen. The Great Egret is a beautiful bird.

NatureFootstep said...

how nice to see your images of the Great Egret. Really beautiful images. :)
Thanks for hosting your party.

deb @ frugal little bungalow said...

That first photo is just amazing!!!!

Helma said...

Really great to see. These beautiful white heron
Those beautiful white veil is great. Splendour pictures Eileen :-)