I discovered this pair of Great Blue Herons in January of 2010. I thought is was quite early for nest building, especially since we were having an extremely cold winter. I observed this pair for a couple weeks as they built their nest. I was really looking forward to them raising their young under the watchful eye of my camera.
Sadly, after two weeks or so they abandoned the nest. I continued to check it daily for another week or two, but to no avail. I have no idea why they abondoned the nest, but I believe the cold weather could have been a factor.
These were the best shots I could get on this day. The sky was full of Tree Swallows, but none ever landed.
Tree Swallows eat mostly flying insects. Most of their time is spent darting back and forth in the air scooping up any tasty morsel that happens to fly by. I consider myself lucky to have got any recognizable shots at all.