Stanley Park Heronry Camera

Heron - Photo by Benn Kramer
Photo by Benn Kramer

Video (Flash) from our Stanley Park Heronry Camera

This sample video is from our Stanley Park heron camera. The file you are watching is generally less than 5 minutes old, and will run up to 10 minutes without re-loading the page. The day's video is repeated each evening after dark at the nest site.

The Stanley Park heron colony (rookery) is one of the largest of such heron nesting sites, with over 170 nests last year.

This year a small number of last year's nests were blown down by the fierce storms of late 2006, but the vast majority survived, and we expect to again see lots of activity around the nesting site.

Our vantage is from an apartment in a building overlooking the site. In a survey of the trees and surrounding area in mid December, it was decided that there simply were no locations for a camera that would be suitable, either from the point of view of you, the viewer, or from the heron's point of view as they are very aware of changes in their local environment.

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The Herons are Back

Stanley Park Heronry
As of Valentine's Day, February 14th, there are herons in the heronry at Stanley Park. According to Dalyce (Raptore) there were 3 birds visible on the camera that day. We've had the camera going for some time now, but there has been nothing to watch. Now our patience has been rewarded.

Yesterday (Feb 27th) I was sitting at my desk with the minimal versions of the cameras up on one of my screens when some movement in the Heron cam caught my eye. The host of our camera position was home and had taken the time to re-focus the camera on some of the birds that were there, zooming in for a better look. I phoned her and we discussed the camera settings, and she got it set on one nest with a bird in it. We got some great shots of the bird for a while, then it decided to walk off the branch and fly away, so she again set the camera to point at and take in several of the nests in the "B" tree.

Yesterday was one of Vancouver's reasons why we all live here - bright, sunny, blue sky, clear air and lots of snow visible on the North Shore mountains after the light snowfall of the previous day. I told her that I might visit if I got the chance. I decided in the early afternoon to ride the Honda down and take some pictures of the birds.

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A first view of the Stanley Park Heronry

Stanley Park HeronryOn the afternoon of December 18, 2006, I visited the heronry near the tennis courts by English Bay, just on the Eastern edge of Stanley Park. I was accompanied by Dalyce the heron expert from the Stanely Park Ecology Society. As much as anything, I wanted to see for myself the extent of the colony since the last time I'd seen herons at the park, they were in the trees around what at that time was the zoo area, near the famous Stanley Park Aquarium, in a whole different area of the park. I also wanted to see what damage the trees had received in the storms of the previous weeks. The park in general has sustained huge impact, with acres of trees in some parts simply devastated. Right near the nest we saw this conifer's root ball with the tree itself fortunately pointing away from the nest trees.

Dalyce met me near the parking lot of the Parks Board offices which is just below some of the trees the herons have taken over. She had a plan of the area showing the trees with monikers of "A", "B", etc. and we discussed the potential placement of one or more cameras.

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