The Great Blue Heron nests in scattered colonies in the Kamloops area, but occupancy has become erratic and declining in some places. The colony in lower Paul Creek had dwindled to 2 nests from about 20 the last time I looked and the colony at Cherry Creek has not been active for a few years.
There are often small numbers of birds that attempt to overwinter along the South Thompson River with success likely dependent upon weather and icing conditions.
Today, Tom Rankin reported a heron at Pioneer Park. I was not far from there when his email arrived, so I decided to stop by and take a few photos, A few turned into many as the bird was very tame as Tom had mentioned. I have posted a variety of poses and images just for variety and the different and appealing graphic patterns this bird presented.
Eyelid half closed.
Pondering or scratching?
Finally, old Grumpy Gus who could not get the dust out of his hair.