It got a little more personal when the Great Egret that had been chased off looped back to canal edge.
Very powerful flyers, both Egrets put on quite a display.
The shot in between these two not clear, but the dominant Egret was holding the other down by the neck.
This behavior seemed like mating season combat, but the visual cues of the elongated tail and green eye lores aren’t present and we generally don’t see Great Egrets mating until March.
And once again, the interloper retreated.
December 22, 2020
Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Boat Pond