Great Egrets Nesting

Neighbors

Two pairs of Great Egrets are nesting condo style, their homes less than two feet apart separated only by a small branch. This is a prized location, surrounded by water for extra safety from ground predators, so there was competition for the nest sites.

Great Egrets Nesting
Great Egrets Nesting

Their nests claimed, each pair went about its business this sunny afternoon.

Great Egrets Nesting
Great Egrets Mating

The ritual is very similar to what I have observed with the Great Blue Heron pairs: bring sticks, re-arrange sticks, mate, bring sticks.

Great Egrets Nesting
Great Egrets Working on Nest

Squawking from the other nest is mostly ignored, a lot like humans living in close proximity.

Great Egrets Nesting
Great Egrets Nesting

 

4 thoughts on “Neighbors”

    1. Thanks, Belinda. It’s a great problem to have when you need to choose between photographing the different birds. I watch some of the photographers that have been doing this for years be very selective with their shots; I’m not there yet and don’t want to miss anything!

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