When I was a young girl, my parents had a boat, and spring, summer and fall, every weekend, we would anchor the boat in some remote location. It was a motor boat, not super big, but big enough for sleeping and eating and it even had a kitchen and a toilet. I spent my weekends and vacations on the water from the time I was a baby until I left the house many moons later.
When a local park and rec department advertised for a kayaking trip, and included a blue heron rookery in their write up I perked up. So many years have gone by, but I still can distinctly remember the sights and the shrieks and the awesomeness of the high nests. I called my friend and said 'You really want to go on a kayaking trip, right? Great! I found us one!' and we signed up.
Well, the trip was great, but the rookery was a slight disappointment. Look at the next picture and you can kinda see a nest in the top of that tree. Which is a good description of this particular rookery. We saw a bunch of nests, and I could feel the blue heron energy, but I could also see and tell that it had not been used for a while.
Even although there were no herons, I saw another big bird suddenly alight from the trees. Its wing span was huge, and I couldn't identify it immediately , but our guide recognized it as a bald eagle.
Wow! That is at least as cool as a rookery, so I happily peddled over to where the eagle had landed and where it allowed us to make many pictures of it. It is a juvenile, most likely from last year, since it doesn't have the distinctive baldishness yet. I loved seeing it and it just ignored us and pretended we were not there at all.
local kayaking rental place, I might do this more often. I just loved it.