Cherish is my favorite word, and I cherish the ability of turning the routine into a beautiful moment.
Nature creates in me, a spiritual and meditative time to bring peace, harmony and balance, into an otherwise ordinary day~
Mary Howell Cromer

Friday, August 28, 2009

Several times a year Tingsgrove gets a visiting Great Blue Heron~

Several times a year Tingsgrove gets a visiting Great Blue Heron. It will perch very high in the trees, or stand and hunt for frogs, and other small reptiles near our creek bed. They are the largest of North American Herons, with a wingspan of 65" to 80", body length can reach 36" to 55" and they can weigh nearly 5 pounds. They are blue/gray in colour, with black flight feathers. Their faces are nearly all white, with a pair of trailing plumes that begin above their eyes and run to the back of their head~Diet consists mainly of fish ~including beautiful Koi from pond across the lane~ frogs, small birds and rodents. They eat their food whole and sometimes will lose their life, from choking to death. The adults lay 3 to 6 eggs in a nest site once per year. If the nest should be destroyed, they may lay another clutch. Both adults raise the young, by way of regurgitation. The adults will consume several more times their daily food intake, during this time. *Note~ Head plumes are clearly visible in the top photograph~

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