A Great Egret having a look around, planning his next move.
The water was sparkley but a tree branch lends a bit of contrast to this Great Egret zooming to the other end of the pond.
This Great Egret clearly had hung out on this boardwalk before. He landed just beyond me then I and several other folks walked right by him and just watched.
Shem Creek Boardwalk, Mount Pleasant, SC
December 10, 2019
Great Egret standing on Alligator ramp, looking around a small pond on a grey day.
A few Great Egrets were competing for the preferred spot in a small pond.
I couldn’t tell what was so special about it, but they kept taking turns occupying it…
…with several loud squawks announcing their intentions.
I rounded the corner to the swamp and saw a Great Egret standing quite close to the edge.
I maneuvered to get a better vantage point. It was windy and Spanish Moss was dangling between us. He flew off before I got the angle I really wanted.
The sun was bright but it was cold enough for me to have gloves on. Most of the other wading birds around this pond were tucked up into trees. This Great Egret chose to stand in the water, even though he wasn’t fishing. Clearly the birds have a different idea of temperature control than I do.
The White Pelicans put in their two cents when a pair of Great Egrets started a territory dispute.
The Great Egrets moved their squabble across the pond.
It’s hard to do much bickering when you land in the reeds–all attention on your touch down.
Wings out for elegant, if distant, landings.
A very entertaining group including American White Pelicans, Great Blue Herons, Roseate Spoonbills, Wood Storks, a Great Egret and an Anhinga.
And an Alligator.
This Great Egret worked hard in the reeds to capture a Siren, a weird eel-like salamander that hangs out in the mud, and flew to a secluded corner of the pond to figure out how to eat it. He dropped and retrieved it several times.
A Great Blue Heron had been following along, slowly getting closer until the Great Egret decided to relocate, taking lunch with him.
Covered with mud, the Great Egret took this opportunity to dunk and rinse his catch.
He took off again as the Great Blue maneuvered closer.
The Great Blue Heron took off, too. They went out of my sight so I don’t know who got to eat.