Andrew Kelly Wildlife and Landscape Photography

Heron Courtship Gallery


Heron Courtship

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About the Images: These photographs were taken at a heronry at a small lake. There is too much vegetation to get a clear shot of anything, so photographically, these were never going to be great. (I do like 11 for its balance.)

The story behind these images: After a prolonged period of allopreening, the male first jumps up to the female in the nest above and she is not interested and errects her feathers. (Image 3). There follows more preening and the male calls out while making himself appear very large (image 6). He then suddenly takes off and flies in a large cirle, before returning and couping with his partner. After coupling, they returned to preening again.


Heron Pair at Nest


Herons Start to Preen


Herons Unwanted Attention


Heron Displaying


Herons Preening


Male Heron Calling


Male Heron Flies in Loop


Heron Embrace


Male Heron mounts The Female


Heron Caresses Neck


Heron Post Courtship Embrace