Larry Treadwell  

Cute by Larry Treadwell

July 2024 - Cute

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Nikon D850, Nikor 600mm f5.6 with tc1.4, f8, ISO 1250, Tripod with Sidekick, cable release

Nothing fancy about this. I found a GBH couple building a nest and photographed their courtship, mating (guess I qualify as a peeping Larry). Never could see the eggs as they were too deep in the nest. I did get a shot of a egg shell broken after the hatching (that is a really boring image) and then finally when the twins first popped their heads above the rim of the nest at 7 days old. Here is the cute twins posing for their first ever photoshoot. Sorry, there is no exciting nature story, but these little fluff balls are cute. I’ve been told that if you can capture cute it wins and so I’m sticking to that story. Everyone one just say AWWWWW!

3 comments posted

Bud Ralston   Bud Ralston
That is a very cute GBH nestling photo. As they grow older, they become ungainly, awkward, and not very attractive. I used to spend a lot of time near a Great Blue Heron rookery in California years ago. It was noisy and smelly, but it was fun to watch.   Posted: 07/10/2024 12:11:45
Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
This rookery stays pretty clean. The nests sit on mangroves and the community garbage service cleans up anything that spills out of the nest. The garbage service is managed by a guy named Al Gator and his crew. Believe me they clean uo everything!

The clarity of this image makes it one of my favorite nest shots.   Posted: 07/10/2024 12:29:46
Bud Ralston   Bud Ralston
It is genuinely sharp and unique. The rookery I used to go to had no gators, and the nests were 40+ feet high in eucalyptus trees, so we didn't see much for a month or so when the nestlings were much older than yours. I love the clarity of the feather fuzz in your shot!   Posted: 07/10/2024 12:52:08


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