Two Great Egret Chicks

Chicks Growing Like Weeds

The large wading bird chicks grow fast. It seems like the Great Egret chicks are doing so at a faster rate than the Great Blue Herons but it’s hard to know for sure.

I took these sets of photos just 13 days apart. In the first photo of the Great Egrets the second chick is beak wrestling with the adult.

Great Egret and Chick
Great Egret and Chick – click photo for larger view

By the time of the second photo there isn’t much room for the adult in this tree side nest any more. The adults perch on side branches and stretch in with food.

Two Great Egret Chicks
Two Great Egret Chicks – click photo for larger view

In the top nest of this tree, the Great Blue Heron chick was upright but not very steady on April 15th.

Great Blue Heron and Chick
Great Blue Heron and Chick – click photo for larger view

On the 28th you can see his growth progress using the tree as a marker, much like a child’s doorway growth chart.

Great Blue Heron Chick – click photo for larger view

For perspective, here is the whole tree from the end of the pond taken April 28th. The Great Blue Heron nest is at the top left, there is a Great Egret nest with three chicks in the middle, and the Great Egret nest with the two chicks shown above is at the bottom. The greenery keeps the nest with three chicks from view from the side of the pond.

Tree with three nests
Tree with three nests – click photo for larger view

You can also see two ramps, the closer one has an Alligator peeking over the top and the further one has at least two gators draped on it. The further ramp is the one featured yesterday where the duckling escapade took place.

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