Great Egret Dance and Build

This Great Egret wasn’t having much luck attracting a mate with his beautiful dancing but that didn’t stop him from working on a nest.

Great Egret Mating Dance
Great Egret Mating Dance

He had a good location in the tree and I suspect did not want to give it upĀ  to go searching for building materials. With a mate selected one would stay on the nest site to keep intruders away.

Great Egret Mating Dance
Great Egret Mating Dance

Instead he grabbed pieces from the limbs around him, continuing to display those gorgeous tail feathers.

Great Egret Mating Dance
Great Egret Mating Dance

Taken 3/13/2019

GBH: Nest Duty

This Great Blue Heron was snoozing on the nest when I came along. I was happy to see that the tree is showing some life with some green needles appearing.

Great Blue Heron Laying on Nest
Great Blue Heron Laying on Nest

At one point the heron got up, stretched and ruffled himself.

Great Blue Heron on Nest
Great Blue Heron on Nest

When he settled back down he took a long time adjusting from side to side making me think the eggs might have hatched.

Great Blue Heron Laying on Nest
Great Blue Heron Laying on Nest

The Great Blue was keenly aware of the Great Egret encroaching on his territory. This tree, like past years, has several Great Egret nests and some of the Great Egrets aren’t paired up yet and are searching for nesting spots.

Great Blue Heron Laying on Nest, Great Egret Watching
Great Blue Heron Laying on Nest, Great Egret Watching

Tulip Magnolia, Another Variety

Or perhaps “Saucer Magnolia” depending on where you look. Google quickly overwhelmed me with information in my search for how many varieties there might be. I’ll just say this particular tree has huge blossoms, 8 to 10 inches (20-25 cm) across, and they have a more delicate coloring than those in my post Tulip Magnolias in Bloom.

Tulip Magnolia Blossom
Tulip Magnolia Blossom

These blossoms didn’t seem to have the outer fuzzy covering as other tulip magnolias I have seen.

Tulip Magnolia Blossom
Tulip Magnolia Blossom

The blossoms emitted a sweet, but not overwhelming, fragrance. Some other varieties I have encountered could almost be said to stink.

Tulip Magnolia Blossom
Tulip Magnolia Blossom

Many Azaleas are also in bloom in this area and these made a nice backdrop to another unopened bloom.

Tulip Magnolia Blossom in Front of Azalea
Tulip Magnolia Blossom in Front of Azalea

Taken March 13, 2019.

Green Heron, Rippled Water

Before the Green Heron from my post On The Hunt found a hunting spot he posed on a limb from a falen tree sticking out of the pond. There was a light breeze and the water was creating a

Green Heron
Green Heron

Green Herons tend to be shy and I expected him to take off any moment.

Green Heron
Green Heron

From that stubby perch he surprised me and flew to a spot a bit closer to shore where he showed off his goofy head feathers and long beak.

Green Heron
Green Heron

Post 999

Word Press tells me this is my 999th post on Passing By Photo. My first blog post was four years ago yesterday and I’ve seen some amazing things along the way. It’s been my goal to share images that show the beauty of nature, birds and animals, and some non-natural things I’ve passed by, with a bit of text to give context.

Four years ago I could not image all of the marvelous things I would see and photograph, including Roseate Spoonbills.

Tree of Roseate Spoonbills
Tree of Roseate Spoonbills

I have great fun doing this and offer many thanks to all of you that have followed along, commented and liked my posts.

Here’s to another 999!

 

Great Egret Returns with Stick

With a gracefully balanced stick a Great Egret flies to the nest he is building with his mate.

Great Egret Flying to Nest with Stick
Great Egret Flying to Nest with Stick

Wings out, feet ready for touch down, he glides into the tree.

Great Egret Flying to Nest with Stick
Great Egret Flying to Nest with Stick

Unfortunately for me, the nest is on the far side of the tree, but with no leaves out yet there is a view of the welcome home squawk.

Great Egret Flying to Nest with Stick
Great Egret Flying to Nest with Stick

Somehow these big birds manage to maneuver to a landing and not get tangled up with their building materials.

Great Egret Flying to Nest with Stick
Great Egret Flying to Nest with Stick

2/28/2019