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Heronry 2014

Published on February 27, 2014 by

Hi, everyone!  Long time no talk!  So… how’ve you been?  How’s things?  What’s the haps?

I apologize for the delay and for allowing this site to languish.  I’m going to commit myself to updating more often, I promise!  On that note…

I took a walk down to Pipeline to discover (not to my surprise) that the Richmond Heronry is once again gearing up.  For those that don’t remember, or my new readers, a heronry is a rookery for herons and a rookery is a nesting ground for birds.  Pipeline is located at the end of 12th Street on the river and is perhaps my favorite spot in all of Richmond.  The heronry is one of the only (if not THE only) spot where herons are known to nest in view of Downtown, and it’s really something spectacular to watch.  Now is the time to do it, before the trees start sprouting and the nests become largely obscured by leaves.

It’s fun to watch them building their nests and swooping in with large sticks between their bills, all while the James River races by.  As the weather gets better and the shad start running they will take to the water.  Overall just a great place to visit.

My lens was fogging up, but it's still pretty cool looking.

My lens was fogging up, but it’s still pretty cool looking.

I have the nest, now where's my mate?

I have the nest, now where’s my mate?

Permission to buzz the tower?

Permission to buzz the tower?

What's brown and sticky?  A stick.

What’s brown and sticky? A stick.

If you're tempted to cross the tracks here, just know that it IS actually used.  I'm not sure what the exit strategy would be in this scenario.

If you’re tempted to cross the tracks here, just know that it IS actually used. I’m not sure what the exit strategy would be in this scenario.

More coming soon!

And as a special bonus, speaking of nests and procreation and such… take a gander at this cute little guy that decided to join our family!  He accounts for some of the lack of posts as I journey through parenthood in RVA.  Photographing newborns is both fun and frustrating!

So cute!  Think I'll keep him.

So cute! Think I’ll keep him.

 
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