Sandhill Cranes Tending Their Nest

These photos were taken near sunset on Wednesday, May 8th, 2013 on Jefferson County Route N between Fort Atkinson and Jefferson, Wisconsin. If you are in the neighborhood, you can spot the nest on the east side of the road. There isn’t much shoulder, so be careful if you want to take photos. You will…

Tundra Swans in a Corn Field

Two days this week (Saturday and today, Monday) I have driven from Janesville to Middleton, Wisconsin (about 45 miles each way) in search of a great grey owl that has been hanging out behind the Middleton Post Office for the past week. He was there on Friday and Sunday, but on neither day I was…

Downtown Janesville, Wisconsin

Wisconsin’s Gorgeous Fall Colors

Fall colors here in southeastern Wisconsin have surprised everyone this year. Now past peak color, the countryside sparkled with bright yellows and golds. The dark red and umber of sumac adorned many hillsides along the edge of forests. In the towns, the maples were magnificent in their display of red and gold.  Local wisdom claims…

Tree swallow sitting on a small branch against a blue sky

Tree Swallows Tending Their Young

Since the middle of May, I have been tracking the progress of great blue heron chicks at a rookery in southeastern Wisconsin. Once or twice a week I wade through the tall grasses that border the rookery, carrying camera, lenses, and tripod. Each time I go, I hope to bring back dramatic photos and video…

Marsh grass foreground, tall trees with nests in the background

Heron Chicks Trying Out Their Wings

Chicks at the local heron rookery are looking more and more like adults, but they still lack adult plumage as well as the ability to fly. Just like the chicks, the grass in the approach to the nesting area is growing rapidly. In the last week it has grown another foot and is now over…

Two heron chicks in their nest.

This Week at the Heron Rookery

At the local heron rookery the chicks are growing at a phenomenal rate. How three or four chicks manage to stay in their nests without pushing their siblings out is a mystery to me. It is increasingly difficult to approach the rookery through the tall grasses. Much of the grass is now five feet tall.…

Heron chick in nest with parent standing.

Heron Chicks at the Rookery

Out at the local heron rookery lots of new families are busy with little ones. Here are two photos of heron chicks that were taken in the last week. Be sure to click on the photos for larger sizes. I hope you like them. (For those interested, these photos were taken with a Canon 40D…

Heron landing at nest - blue sky in background

Heron Rookery – First Attempt

I just discovered a heron rookery not too far from Janesville, Wisconsin. I was there by 9:00 a.m. this morning, but the birds were already settling in for the day. There wasn’t too much activity. I’ll go again tomorrow morning if the weather is good and I’ll try to get there earlier than today. The…