Great Blue Weekend
Rain, rain, rain. Must be the Pacific Northwest.
Team outing to paddle through the trees in the extra spring sized Scappoose bay.
|I stole this from Chip. He was using GPS......|
Chip likes to refer to these things as Pterodactyls. When they fly out of a tree and over your head it is easy to understand the reference. They have a wing span of nearly six feet and they make a Jurassic Park squawk that will have you looking over your shoulder for velociraptors. And they are very majestic. We coasted up pretty close to the rookery trees and had a wonderful view as the adults would come gliding in. I think they must already be sitting on their eggs. In the set of trees we saw there were maybe 30 nests. At 2 birds to a nest, that is a few heron.
|What is this guy?|
|Look at all of those birds|
|Gives you an idea of how light they must be|
When I look back at these pictures I seem to see two different aspects of the Heron. Some look like the birds I expect. Others sort of look like a fairy tale drawing of the heron. Like the beautiful princess heron. Might be a juvenile, I just don't know.
|Pensive in Nature|
|First I tried to tow it.|
|Then we tried to put in on Chip's Stern|
|Then my partner said, "Give me that"|
|And Off she went|
|My partner did the hard work|
|Flock O Merganser|
|Definitely not a Dragon Boat.|
|The OHSU Sky Tram. River to Hill in 5 minutes|
|And then they all Died. Oh the Humanity!!|
On the way back, we stayed to the East side of Ross Island to stay out of the wind. That is when my partner saw a Heron on the shore. Wait, 2 heron, No 4. And then a couple took wing. Hell there is another rookery tree. How cool is that, a nesting flock of like 20 Great Blue Heron right here practically in the center of Portland. I am thinking this rookery is new because I have been to Ross Island a lot and have never seen it.