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Great Blue Herons Mating

4-15-15  great blue herons copulating2  IMG_8954Great Blue Herons have returned to their nesting colonies in the Northeast and their breeding season is underway. These birds are monogamous for the duration of any given breeding season. A study found that most Great Blue Herons choose a new mate every year. After elaborate courtship displays have taken place, the pair copulates, frequently on the nest, and usually in the early morning or evening, as the female is away from the nest mid-day.

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4 responses

  1. All I can say is… Wow!

    April 15, 2015 at 9:10 am

  2. Kathie Fiveash

    Do most mating male birds grasp the nape of the female’s neck with their bill? I think my rooster did.

    April 15, 2015 at 10:07 am

    • I honestly don’t know, Kathie. I thought wading birds might all do this, but couldn’t find anything that documented the couple I looked up (great egret, snowy egret). Great question! Let me know if you find out, please!

      April 18, 2015 at 4:29 pm

  3. That must be quite a sight – all gangly neck, legs and wings!

    April 15, 2015 at 9:40 pm

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