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Reddish Egret Fishing Moves, 3

Watching Reddish Egrets showing off their fishing moves never gets old for me. These images were taken a different day than my similar May 5th post, but the action was pretty much the same.

Reddish Egret Fishing
Reddish Egret Fishing
Reddish Egret Fishing
Reddish Egret Fishing
Reddish Egret Fishing
Reddish Egret Fishing
Reddish Egret Fishing
Reddish Egret Fishing
Reddish Egret Fishing
Reddish Egret Fishing

This last image isn’t that clear but what I took to be a jumping fish startling the Reddish Egret was interesting.

Reddish Egret Fishing
Reddish Egret Fishing

Black Point Wildlife Drive
Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, FL
April 11, 2022

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

Roseate Spoonbill Chicks

These Roseate Spoonbill chicks were about to get fed, and they were ready!

Roseate Spoonbill Chicks
Roseate Spoonbill Chicks, both adults

There were at least three chicks, the two in the middle and check out the lower left corner:

Roseate Spoonbill Chicks
Roseate Spoonbill Chicks

The way the adult facing away from us kept poking down below her mate I wondered if there was a fourth chick out of my view.

Roseate Spoonbill Chicks
Roseate Spoonbill Chicks

A little wider view showing more of the palm tree.

Roseate Spoonbill Chicks
Roseate Spoonbill Chicks

St. Augustine Alligator Farm, FL
April 13, 2022