Monday, July 09, 2018

Great Egret Rookery


We drive by a Great Egret rookery whenever we head into the city of Eureka. We drive over the 255 bridge that crosses Humboldt Bay. There are NO PARKING signs posted everywhere, so we can't ever stop to take a photo of them, but we have been admiring them for the past four years. I can't tell you the number of times I've tried to photograph them from the car when we're zooming by. I know you know that does not work at all. When we were at the Family United rally last Saturday I noticed that I could see the rookery from the waterfront there. It's pretty far away, but definitely visible. So, we went back on Tuesday to get a better look.
To give you some idea of how far away this rookery is from the waterfront. Here's a perspective for you.
Beyond the boats and the statue on Woodley Island is Indian Island where the Monterey Cypress trees stand. On those trees is the rookery. Beyond the rookery is the bridge we drive over to get into town. It would be grand to get a photo from the bridge, but that's a no-no. I did find an article in a local newspaper from 2011 that talked about the history of the rookery, and the non-native trees the egrets have been using for more than a hundred years!
On a beautiful summer day it really is lovely at the waterfront. And with a good zoom I can also get a nice close-up the Fisherman statue.
Lots of fishing, crabbing, and oyster production been going on here for a long, long time. No wonder the egrets love it.

17 comments:

  1. It always amazes me that such large, ungainly birds can land in tree tops at all, let alone construct a nest there. Great White Egrets are only just beginning to colonise this country but we have thriving populations of Little Egrets and Grey Herons.

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    1. John-- They really are such large ungainly birds, but are so beautiful when they fly. I love knowing they are colonizing there!

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  2. Haha - just lost my comment twice now and can't remember what I did to make that happen. Maybe hit the enter or shift on the right side of the keyboard. Anyhow, neat photos and information, Robin. I have driven that stretch of road a number of times and never knew about the egret colony. Nice for them that it is difficult for people to approach them. Otherwise, I expect the colony would not have had such success - considering some of the things people can do to disturb birds. Long live the egrets!! :)

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    1. Bev-- I am so sorry you lost your comment twice. I can't figure out why that happens. Thank you for keeping at it. It is a wonderful sight to see so many of them in the tops of those trees. I wish I could get closer, but I am also glad for them that I can't. Yes, Long live the egrets!!

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  3. It is a shame you can't get closer but I understand why not. How great they have such a protected place. Anyway your zoom does it again.

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    1. Patti-- I understand too. I'm glad for their safety. I wish my zoom were a little bit better, but I'm always happy when I can get even this close of a look.

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  4. Those are beautiful trees, even if they are non-native! It's great that the egrets have a sanctuary like that where they can escape predators and raise their young. I used to see island rookeries like that in Florida, too.

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    1. Steve-- It is great that they have such a nice sanctuary. I'm so grateful that we get to see them, even from a distance. I love knowing that there are rookeries like that in Florida.

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  5. Wonderful to see what your zoom lens can do! So many Great Egrets to be seen in those trees on a summer day. I love how you notice and follow up on the beauty that many people might not notice or follow up on.

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    1. am-- I'm thinking about getting new camera with an even better zoom. There are so many beautiful things I want to get a closer look at!

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  6. What a treat. I do love egrets. And I love the fisherman as well. Great post.

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    1. NCmountainwoman-- I can't tell you how good it is to hear from you. Brings a smile to my face. Thank you for your kind words, my friend.

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  7. I love your engagement with the natural world. It's so different from my life in the concrete city.

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    1. 37paddington-- The best part of blogging is having a slice of the world we never see. I love the city through your eyes.

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  8. Hi robin! It's so nice to see that you are loving it up there. Thanks for ongoing photo tour. I also love it up there, and now only get to enjoy it because of your great photos and words.

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    1. Pat-- We do love it here. I can't imagine living anyplace else. Well, except maybe Canada if trump is reelected in 2020.

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    2. That gives Canada plenty of time to build a wall to keep us out...

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