Great Egret Territorial Display

Territorial Great Egret, Round 2

It got a little more personal when the Great Egret that had been chased off looped back to canal edge.

Great Egret Territorial Display
Great Egret Territorial Display

Very powerful flyers, both Egrets put on quite a display.

Great Egret Territorial Display
Great Egret Territorial Display

The shot in between these two not clear, but the dominant Egret was holding the other down by the neck.

Great Egret Territorial Display
Great Egret Territorial Display

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.

Great Egret Territorial Display
Great Egret Territorial Display

And once again, the interloper retreated.

Great Egret Territorial Display
Great Egret Territorial Display

December 22, 2020
Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Boat Pond

4 thoughts on “Territorial Great Egret, Round 2”

  1. It is so amazing to see these birds in flight, how they appear to just hover over each other. Great photos Ellen, happy new year also.

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