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Nesting Season at Venice Audubon Rookery, Venice, Florida

It’s nesting season at the Venice Rookery in Venice, Florida so I decided to drive up to see what was going on. I was surprised to see that not only were the Great blue herons nesting, there were already two sets of chicks up and about. I spent several hours over several days photographing the Great blue heron couples as they took turns flying out to find nesting materials. I also got to see the returning mates being greeted after they brought back food for the chicks. The Venice Rookery is a great place to watch the Great blue herons and their nesting behavior because the nests are not far from the path and can easily be seen without binoculars. It’s a bird photographer’s paradise. I plan to visit the Rookery quite often this winter. Here are a few photos from my first trip to Venice.


Great blue heron (Ardea herodias) with two week old chicks at Venice Audubon Rookery, Venice, Florida


Great blue heron (Ardea herodias) couple build their nest at the Venice Audubon Rookery, Venice, Florida


Great blue heron (Ardea herodias) in flight carrying nesting material back to nest at the Venice Audubon Rookery, Venice, Florida


Great blue heron (Ardea herodias) in flight carrying nesting material back to nest at the Venice Audubon Rookery, Venice, Florida


White ibis (Eudocimus albus) at Venice Rookery, Venice, Florida


Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga) building a nest at Venice Audubon Rookery, Venice, Florida


Tricolored heron (Egretta tricolor) at Venice Rookery, Venice, Florida


Great blue heron (Ardea herodias) in flight at the Venice Audubon Rookery, Venice, Florida


Great blue heron (Ardea herodias) bringing home a stick to add to the nest at the Venice Audubon Rookery, Venice, Florida


Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga) on branch at the Venice Audubon Rookery, Venice, Florida


Female Great blue heron (Ardea herodias) greeting her mate at their nest at the Venice Audubon Rookery, Venice, Florida


Great blue heron (Ardea herodias) couple on their nest at the Venice Audubon Rookery, Venice, Florida


Great blue heron (Ardea herodias) couple adding a stick to their nest at the Venice Audubon Rookery, Venice, Florida


Great blue heron (Ardea herodias) sitting on nest at the Venice Audubon Rookery, Venice, Florida


Great blue heron (Ardea herodias) at the Venice Audubon Rookery, Venice, Florida

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