Dateline – April 28, 2013
Something appears to have gone awry at this Tricolored Heron Nest. I interpret what I discovered today as a male heron who has lost the interest of his potential mate. This bird, which I assume is the male, was standing alone on the nest with no sign of his partner from last week.
Of course it is possible that the pair is just taking turns guarding the nest while the other one forages for food. Maybe an expert on these things can chime in using the comment section below.
This is just one of at least three Tricolored Heron nest in this corner of the rookery. This one has been my favorite to photograph, because it is out in the open and exposed to direct sunlight. That is good for picture taking, but in the long run I would expect it to be bad for the birds. The hot summer sun—which will be with us very soon— will be murder in this fully exposed spot.