Spoonbill and Snowy Egrets

Drama in the Spoonie Tree

In my last post, Snowy Egret, Blue Water, I mentioned that the Snowy Egrets can be feisty. This action took place in the “Spoonie Tree,” so named because the Roseate Spoonbills tend to gather there as a second Snowy Egret came in for a landing.

Spoonbill and Snowy Egrets
Spoonbill and Snowy Egrets

Even though their perches were several feet apart, the incoming Snowy Egret was considered an interloper.

Spoonbill and Snowy Egrets
Spoonbill and Snowy Egrets

He who was there first drove the second egret off.

Spoonbill and Snowy Egrets
Spoonbill and Snowy Egrets

After the action was over the Roseate Spoonbill had a quick squawk, but otherwise didn’t move.

Spoonbill and Snowy Egrets
Spoonbill and Snowy Egrets

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