Tag Archives: Great Egret

Great Egret Ripley Water

Wading along, this Great Egret passed through some different looks to the water. A little breeze was making it ripple and in the first image the light was reflecting off the water onto the bird.

Great Egret
Great Egret

As he moved further along, there was less reflection from the reeds on the opposite bank of the pond and the sky made the water seem bluer. Around water a lot can change in just a few feet.

Great Egret
Great Egret

Great Egret, Precarious Nest Position

The Great Egrets have chosen some different spots to nest this year, including this one that I can almost touch from the nature trail.  I saw two eggs a few days before I took these images.

Viability of any chicks is at risk from alligator raiding, hawks, and the likely probability of human intervention.

Great Egret on Nest
Great Egret on Nest, Skinny Tree in the Background, Late afternoon sun

S/he does have a wonderful view of the pond. Although I’m not sure they notice, there is also some entertainment in the skinny tree off to her left with a GBH nest and at least one Anhinga nest.

Great Egret on Nest
Great Egret on Nest

Back-lit by the setting sun, the Egret was firmly in place when I walked back past the nest.

Great Egret on Nest
Great Egret on Nest

Great Egret, Nest Material

A Great Egret was going back and forth the length of the pond gathering sticks for his nest.

Great Egret Flying With Nest Material
Great Egret Flying With Nest Material

He flew close to the water on quite a few trips, creating some reflection opportunities.

Great Egret Flying With Nest Material
Great Egret Flying With Nest Material

Along with some duck weed there was a variety of other vegetative flotsam floating across the pond.

Great Egret Flying With Nest Material
Great Egret Flying With Nest Material

April 2019

Nesting Tree

The Great Egret showing off is surrounded by other nests in this “tree condo.” It’s a favorite spot because the tree is surrounded by water, reducing potential attacks from snakes and raccoons.

Two juvenile Great Blue Herons that hadn’t yet learned to fly were in their nest in front of the displaying Egret. In the layer behind there are at least two Great Egret nests and two Anhinga nests.

Tree of Nesting Birds
Tree of Nesting Birds

Taken last April, the trees had leafed out enough to make a lush surrounding, unlike when the Great Blue Herons start nesting and dull grey limbs are everywhere.

April 13, 2019

Great Egret Showing Off

The Great Egrets really know how to show off when it comes to attracting a mate. The lores around their eyes turn a fabulous green and their feathery plumage is put to work, hoping to draw attention to themselves.

Great Egret Breeding Plumes
Great Egret Breeding Plumes

On this day last April it was late afternoon with the sun already below the trees when I came upon this show off. It was darker than I would like but the striped clouds and two Great Blue Heron chicks added to the scene.

Great Egret Breeding Plumes
Great Egret Breeding Plumes

April 13, 2019

Great Egret Hunting In A Stream

After watching a Great Blue Heron Hunting in a stream I got a further surprise when I spotted a Great Egret working the same area.

Great Egret Hunting Along a Stream
Great Egret Hunting Along a Stream

This was in February and in addition to it being a dull day it was rather dark under the tree canopy and still pretty brown.

Great Egret Hunting Along a Stream
Great Egret Hunting Along a Stream

A bit of green reflection in the water gives a hint that winter was waning.

The Egret was successful finding a few small snacks.

Great Egret Hunting Along a Stream
Great Egret Hunting Along a Stream

He was encouraged by his success and continued along the bank.

Great Egret Hunting Along a Stream
Great Egret Hunting Along a Stream

February 11, 2020.

Great Egret Dance Steps

Looking like a dance, this Great Egret had the moves as he hunted for a snack.

Great Egret Hunting Moves
Great Egret Hunting Moves

Twist.

Great Egret Hunting Moves
Great Egret Hunting Moves

Extend and stretch.

Great Egret Hunting Moves
Great Egret Hunting Moves

and stretch some more…

Great Egret Hunting Moves
Great Egret Hunting Moves

Got it!

Great Egret Hunting Moves
Great Egret Hunting Moves

April 8, 2019

This was a phenomenal day last April when a series of  ponds were being drained and birds gathered for a feeding frenzy of the exposed food. Taken with Ted’s Canon 70D while my Canon 7D was being repaired.

GBH Watching

Just over a year ago at the swamp nesting activity was in full swing as green became the predominant background color.

Great Blue Heron Watching Over Nest
Great Blue Heron Watching Over Nest

The GBH chick popped up for a look.

Great Blue Heron Watching Over Chick
Great Blue Heron Watching Over Chick

A wider view of Ravenswood Pond and the multi-nest tree: Great Blue Heron, three Great Egret, and at least two Anhinga nests.

Great Blue Heron and Great Egrets Nesting in Swamp
Great Blue Heron, Great Egrets and Anhinga Nesting in Swamp

April 5, 2019
Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston, SC