On one of the 100 or more nests in the great blue heron rookery in Delta, British Columbia, Canada, these two herons work together to put a large stick into place. The male bird, farthest from the camera, brought a large stick to his mate. It took both birds to place the stick into the nest structure, revealing a very interesting level of co-operation between mated great blue herons.

The image was captured using a Nikon D700 and Nikkor 600 mm lens with a 1.4 teleconverter on a large Gitzo tripod with a wimberly head (ISO 800, manual WB, -0.33 EV, f6.3, 1/1000s).

If I could live my life to live over, I would be a biologist because nature provides me with such joy and passion. I am able to capture and share my experiences in nature with good camera gear, and through the medium of RedBubble. I hope you enjoy my work capturing scenes from nature.

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  • linaji
    linajiover 4 years ago

    Omg.. I am always in awe as each year passes you see more and feel more and give more.. this is just incredible..

  • I am flattered by this lovely comment, Lina. Thank you.

    – David Friederich

  • linaji
    linajiover 4 years ago

    PS..reading the side bar makes me want to cry… I feel bird love

  • I was very moved too. Their are a lot of human traits among these birds, including fighting, and theft. I have witnessed birds stealing nesting material from other nests while the “residents were out”.

    – David Friederich

  • Catherine Fenner
    Catherine Fennerover 4 years ago

    Remarkable capture. Well done.

  • Thank you, Catherine.

    – David Friederich

  • binjy
    binjyover 4 years ago

    wonderfully captured :)

  • Thank you very much.

    – David Friederich

  • Marvin Collins
    Marvin Collinsover 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture David!!

  • Thanks Marvin.

    – David Friederich

  • Tori Snow
    Tori Snowover 4 years ago

  • You are most welcome.

    – David Friederich

  • laureen warrington
    laureen warrin...over 4 years ago

    I feel so happy when i read your words and see this divine picture:)

  • I am very glad of that. Thank you for your kind comment, Loreen.

    – David Friederich

  • Anthea  Slade
    Anthea Sladeover 4 years ago

    Now that David is a beautiful relationship. So beautiful how they worked together to build their nest. I think humans could learn a lot of lessons on connection from these birds. Another beautiful poetic image David. Am loving this series. Anthea

  • There is so much wonder in the scenes I have been witnessing, Anthea, including some dark sides, like fights and theft. That’s right, theft. I witnessed some birds “stealing” nesting material from other birds while they were away. There is poetry here, though, and if I had your talent for verse, I would write a poem to this image. Thank you, dear Anthea.

    – David Friederich

  • byronbackyard
    byronbackyardover 4 years ago

    Lovely, lovely shot, well done!

  • Thank you so very much for this kind comment.

    – David Friederich

  • Anthony Vella
    Anthony Vellaover 4 years ago

    Beautiful work David.

  • Thank you, Anthony.

    – David Friederich

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