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..


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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:

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

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

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

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  4. 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*

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  5. 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

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

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  7. Wunderschön!
    Lieben Gruß,*Manja*

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

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

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  10. Love especially the second shot of the huge white heron.

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

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

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

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  14. Absolutely gorgeous series of shots!

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  15. These are spectacular Eileen !

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  16. 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!

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

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  18. 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!!

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  19. 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

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  20. 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.

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

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  22. 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...

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

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  24. 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

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  25. Enjoyable and amazing photos, Eileen.

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

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  27. 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!

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

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  29. Love shot # 2. Boom, Bobbi and Gary.

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

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  31. 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.

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  32. Oh wow, they are beautiful, love 'em.

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  33. 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.

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

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  35. 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

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

    Best regards,
    Marco

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

    happy weekend~
    xo

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

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

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

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

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  42. That is amazing! In Maryland??? Gorgeous!

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  43. AMAZING shot of the egrets, especially your first two.

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  44. Gorgeous birds awesome shots!

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  45. 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.

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  46. those wings are amazing!! gorgeous clouds. ( :

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  47. those egrets are huge (as well as beautiful)!

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

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  49. It feels like heaven in the first picture.

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

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

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

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

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