Green Herons on the nest in Milwaukee County Wisconsin on May 29, 2019

I have never come across and active Green Heron nest in the 9 years I have been birding or even an empty one. So this one I photographed today was a real treat. The 2 adults were present most of the time I was there, sometimes together on the nest, other times the male was out on a limb with the female on the nest. I am sure an egg was laid while I was present as when I arrived the female seemed to be circling on the nest and no egg was present. Shortly there after I noticed an egg on the nest. I was there for a very shot time. It was a cloudy day with some mist early but mild temps and low winds so it was not too bad out. Images were taken on May 29, 2019.

The female sitting on the nest when found…

The male comes over to the nest and the female does some moving around on the nest and a blue egg is now seen…

Both adults together, they were moving around the egg with their bills…

Both birds looking at the egg…

The female turns around maybe to lay another egg, I left the area not wanting to disturb anything…

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Window to Wildlife features the photography of Jim Edlhuber. A lifelong native of Wisconsin, Jim has been photographing wildlife for 20 years. He considers himself an avid photographer and is always trying to capture nature and wildlife through his lens. He is in several photography clubs and has won numerous awards for his work. In recent years, Jim has focused mostly on birding photography and finds it to be the most challenging.

5 Responses to Green Herons on the nest in Milwaukee County Wisconsin on May 29, 2019

  1. ka says:

    Nice pics, Jim! Was the nest on the ground or high up in a tree?

  2. Patsy Maga says:

    Amazing! thank you so much for sharing!

  3. Nan Wisherd says:

    How exciting. I hope they are successful parents.

  4. Beautiful pictures Jim. I raised 3 green herons when I lived on Duck Creek Wildlife Area in Puxico, MO. A farmer brought the babies in after he plowed down the tree, not realizing there was a nest. My hands were pecked to pieces but it was worth it as they all fledged successfully and the last time I saw them they were flying into the backwater area…without once looking back at their foster mum! (I taught them to fish for themselves in a kiddie pool, and once they were proficient it was asta la vista babies!)

  5. jenn says:

    So cool! Thanks for sharing!

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