|Fly so Free|
|Home Sweet Home|
After the nest is built, the male and female take turns guarding the eggs for the next month. On the average, they'll lay anywhere from 2 to 6 eggs.
The Blue Heron is the largest of all North American herons, with some standing up to 5 ft. tall. But, their size is very deceiving. Because of their hollow bones, they only weigh about 5 to 6 lbs.
|"Catch of the Day"|
When I see these birds strolling around in the water with their long skinny legs, and their necks curved around in an S shape, they remind me of a little old man. They even have some gray hair on the tops of their heads!
The island estuary is always a quiet place to go. It's the one place on the island that offers more trees than beach. And there's always a wide variety of birds that enjoy it there, and share the space in harmony.
One of the most elusive birds around is the Kingfisher. So even though this one is high in a tree, had it not been for the heron, hanging out in a tree above him, seeing me would have sent him flying away. And to wait for me to get out my camera and take a picture, would have been out of the question.
Fortunately, the heron is not threatened. In some areas, it's population is even increasing.
Like most tropical birds, human intrusion is it's worst enemy. And we've always got to be aware of contaminant levels and any chemical runoff that effects the quality of the water and obviously, the bird's wellbeing.
Hopefully I can get back to The Plantation in a day or two, and see if the chicks are big enough to stick their heads up out of the nests. When the eggs hatch, the chicks have their eyes open and they're ready to make some noise. So, I may hear them before I see them. I'll be sure to keep you posted on their progress.
|Just hanging out on the dock|
When I first came here, sixteen years ago, my dream was to someday live here. And without a great deal of effort, here I am. How many people can say they're living their dream?