The Great Egrets have chosen some different spots to nest this year, including this one that I can almost touch from the nature trail. I saw two eggs a few days before I took these images.
Viability of any chicks is at risk from alligator raiding, hawks, and the likely probability of human intervention.
S/he does have a wonderful view of the pond. Although I’m not sure they notice, there is also some entertainment in the skinny tree off to her left with a GBH nest and at least one Anhinga nest.
Back-lit by the setting sun, the Egret was firmly in place when I walked back past the nest.