Tag Archives: Breeding Season

Territorial Dispute: Snowy Egret vs Tricolored Heron, Part 2

Now what turned into some beak clacking.

Snowy Egret and Tricolored Heron Faceoff
Snowy Egret and Tricolored Heron Faceoff

Size isn’t everything, but sometimes it helps.

Snowy Egret and Tricolored Heron Faceoff
Snowy Egret and Tricolored Heron Faceoff

Finally the Tricolored Heron made a full body move…

Snowy Egret and Tricolored Heron Faceoff
Snowy Egret and Tricolored Heron Faceoff

…pushing the Snowy Egret off his perch.

Snowy Egret and Tricolored Heron Faceoff
Snowy Egret and Tricolored Heron Faceoff

The Tricolored Heron got tangled up in the palm fronds for a few seconds, but not apparent damage.

Snowy Egret and Tricolored Heron Faceoff
Snowy Egret and Tricolored Heron Faceoff

Territorial Dispute: Snowy Egret vs Tricolored Heron, Part 1

St. Augustine Alligator Farm, FL
April 13, 2022

Cattle Egrets Working On Nest

A number of Cattle Egrets were nesting around the rookery, including this one that was working on some finishing touches.

Cattle Egret Working on Nest
Cattle Egret Working on Nest

Another seemed all settled in on the next palm tree.

Cattle Egret on Nest
Cattle Egret on Nest

Last, one that was taking a break from his hard work, giving me a nice view of his breeding colors.

Cattle Egret
Cattle Egret

St. Augustine Alligator Farm, FL
April 13, 2022

Great Blue Heron Staking Out Nest Site

A few Great Blue Herons have started staking out the best nest sites around Ravenswood Pond at Magnolia Plantation.

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron

On December 6th there were a few colored leaves left in the background trees to make an interesting capture.

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron

This GBH practiced a few mating calls.

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron

And poked a few sticks around the nest area. Not much new material had been flown in but you can see this location has an excellent support structure when the time comes.

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston, SC
December 6, 2021

Male Hooded Mergansers, Then There Were Three

I was momentarily distracted by the Canada Goose With A Treasure while watching the two Hooded Merganser drakes show off. When I reverted my attention to the ducks I saw that a few more females and another male had joined the party.

Hooded Mergansers
Hooded Mergansers

The three drakes performed tight circle maneuvers…

Hooded Mergansers
Hooded Mergansers

… that ended with a spirited chase.

Hooded Mergansers
Hooded Mergansers, Two Canada Geese looking on

The females lost interest and pretty soon they all casually swam to the other side of the pond, out of my view.

Hooded Mergansers
Hooded Mergansers

Male Hooded Merganser Duo Showing Off, Female Interest

Continued fromĀ Male Hooded Merganser Duo Showing Off

The second female toward the back got a little fancier with her tail action and the first one fluffed her crown up, showing a bit more interest.

Hooded Merganser Drakes Showing Off
Hooded Merganser Drakes Showing Off

The male-male competition got a little heated.

Hooded Merganser Drakes Showing Off
Hooded Merganser Drakes Showing Off

Then the female flattened herself, keeping her head under water for a bit, presumably to express interest in the males’ dance. I’d not seen this behavior before, and at one point wondered how long she could stay submerged.

Hooded Merganser Drakes Showing Off
Hooded Merganser Drakes Showing Off

They circled around her several times while the second female moved on.

Hooded Merganser Drakes Showing Off
Hooded Merganser Drakes Showing Off

Male Hooded Merganser Duo Showing Off

Two Hooded Merganser drakes were showing off for a female, doing their best to strut their stuff.

Hooded Merganser Drakes Showing Off
Hooded Merganser Drakes Showing Off

The female didn’t seem to be that interested, and much of the action was one male crowding the other out.

Hooded Merganser Drakes Showing Off
Hooded Merganser Drakes Showing Off

Back and forth they went, in and out of reflections created by trees on the far side of the pond.

Hooded Merganser Drakes Showing Off
Hooded Merganser Drakes Showing Off

A second female circled around a few times but she didn’t distract the drakes from the first female.

Hooded Merganser Drakes Showing Off
Hooded Merganser Drakes Showing Off, Two Females looking on

Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston, SC
February 20, 2021