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I went up to Chicago a couple months ago and keep forgetting to post this. I spent a day at the zoo and conservatory in Lincoln Park near the lake shore. I nearly didn't bother with the children's zoo, but I ended up over there looking for something else. The trails through it are set up like a woodland trail--sort of narrow and winding through a lot of birch plantings, and covered in bird poo. Near one stand of trees, the zoo had posted a few signs saying basically "yes, we know the paths are messy and please also don't bother the herons above you; those aren't ours."

Apparently black-crowned night herons are on the Illinois state endangered list, but there's been a flock of them nesting in the zoo and somewhere else further south in the park for the last few summers.

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These were sort of hard to get; they were twenty or thirty feet up and either it was pretty breezy above the ground or the birds were bouncing around a lot.

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This was a different tree across the path. I'd say it had at least four nests in it, maybe as many as seven or eight. The trees were so dense that I couldn't tell quite how many had herons in them; I probably saw nearly a good dozen adult birds.

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And also the view from the zoo's south gate across one of the park gardens and down the river. Oh, Chicago, you magnificent beast.

Date: 2017-08-20 07:30 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kotturinn
What a fantastic name for a bird. I didn't even know there was such a thing as a night heron (Wikipedia has now further enlightened me).

Date: 2017-08-20 08:48 am (UTC)
lark_ascends: Blue and purple dragonfly, green background (Default)
From: [personal profile] lark_ascends
Very awesome. Great photos.

Date: 2017-08-20 11:46 am (UTC)
manuleanders: (Default)
From: [personal profile] manuleanders
Love the first pic.

Date: 2017-08-20 12:12 pm (UTC)
shirebound: (Default)
From: [personal profile] shirebound
Such a lovely soft-yellow belly!

Date: 2017-08-20 01:55 pm (UTC)
veritas_poet: (Bird - que)
From: [personal profile] veritas_poet
I can't believe for 4 years I lived within walking distance and I never went to the conservatory or the zoo. FAIL.

I love that first picture. I'm not much of a bird person, but he's really pretty.

How funny that they just came to crash at the zoo. Kinda like that friend that comes over for a weekend and then you can't get rid of them. LOL!

Date: 2017-08-20 05:58 pm (UTC)
turlough: swans on river at sunset ((other) evening twilight)
From: [personal profile] turlough
Fantastic photos!

Date: 2017-08-20 07:25 pm (UTC)
yourlibrarian: Angel and Lindsey (Default)
From: [personal profile] yourlibrarian
Great to see the nest, thanks for posting these!

Date: 2017-08-21 02:55 am (UTC)
sasha_feather: Retro-style poster of skier on pluto.   (Default)
From: [personal profile] sasha_feather
Wow!

Date: 2017-08-21 04:47 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] uilos
Herons are so goofy looking in the trees. We a local nesting colony of Great Blue Herons and their awkwardness landing on branches is directly proportional to their grace when stalking in the water.

Date: 2017-08-21 10:24 am (UTC)
nanila: wrong side of the mirror (me: wrong side of the mirror)
From: [personal profile] nanila
Great shots of the nest. Love the reaction of the babies to the parent opening their beak. "What's in there? What's in there?! Give it to us! Now! Now now now!"

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