Herons Working Together by David Friederich

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
    linajiabout 5 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
    linajiabout 5 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 Fennerabout 5 years ago

    Remarkable capture. Well done.

  • Thank you, Catherine.

    – David Friederich

  • binjy
    binjyabout 5 years ago

    wonderfully captured :)

  • Thank you very much.

    – David Friederich

  • Marvin Collins
    Marvin Collinsabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful capture David!!

  • Thanks Marvin.

    – David Friederich

  • Tori Snow
    Tori Snowabout 5 years ago

  • You are most welcome.

    – David Friederich

  • laureen warrington
    laureen warrin...about 5 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 Sladeabout 5 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
    byronbackyardabout 5 years ago

    Lovely, lovely shot, well done!

  • Thank you so very much for this kind comment.

    – David Friederich

  • Anthony Vella
    Anthony Vellaabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful work David.

  • Thank you, Anthony.

    – David Friederich

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