Vancouver’s Pacific great blue herons are ready for their close-up, after ecologists mounted cameras in Stanley Park to observe their mating rituals.
The remotely controlled cameras will also record the birds building nests, laying eggs and hatching chicks in the spring, as part of an effort to educate and promote conservation.
Some 90 nests have become active since February, and about two chicks per pairing are expected to start cracking their shells in April.
Stanley Park Ecology Society biologist Robyn Worcester says she’s watched the herons for a decade but has learned more than she thought possible simply by watching through the cameras over the past two weeks.
Top photo/cover Michael Schmidt