Photos of Snowy Egrets and Black-crowned Night Herons, building nests and growing up at an urban rookery.
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Olympus E-M1 + Zuiko 50-200mm
Photographed, always, with wildlife ethics and animal welfare in mind
This rookery is a single tree in a Starbucks parking lot that’s part of a larger marina. I learned from locals that the birds formerly nested in a neighborhood where it appears they weren’t welcomed. Those trees were cut or trimmed, so they found a new place to raise their young this year.
We rescued** six fallen nestlings from this site, Black-crowned Night Heron and Snowy Egret chicks. We transported them to a wildlife center several miles away. All were too young to be out of the nest and not yet fully feathered or flighted. Each one still had pin feathers and needed more time and growth before fledging.
Because of the urban nature of their rookery, any fall leaves them vulnerable to injuries and fractures from the hard pavement below. The best course for these particular little ones was intervention and then care at the facility where they’re being reared with others their age until they can be released.
** My husband and I have some volunteer wildlife experience so we know how to handle different species of birds. It’s important to get expert advice when dealing with any wildlife health issue. **
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