Tag Archives: Great Egret

Roseate Spoonbill and Great Egret, New View

…for the human visitors.

A swath of trees was removed this summer along the road leading to Lodge Pond at Donnelley WMA, opening some views into a tree line.

Roseate Spoonbill and Great Egret
Roseate Spoonbill and Great Egret

A Great Egret and Roseate Spoonbill were looking the place over.

Great Egret
Great Egret

The view from their perches didn’t change much, just that they could see down the entrance road if they were inclined to look.

Roseate Spoonbill
Roseate Spoonbill

Drapes of Spanish Moss gave the local a nice cozy look.

Roseate Spoonbill and Great Egret
Roseate Spoonbill and Great Egret

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC
October 3, 2021

Alligators Floating in Rice Field Canal

Dikes run along both sides of this canal behind the lines of reeds. If you zoom in on the left you’ll see some dragonflies perched in the reed tops and some in the air. Many of my recent dragonfly images were taken from that dike.

Alligators Floating in Rice Field Canal, Great Egret Above
Alligators Floating in Rice Field Canal, Great Egret Above

Bear Island Wildlife Management Area, SC
August 29, 2021

Great Egret – Watcha Doing?

Great Egret nesting season is over and there are just a few left hanging around the rookery area, sort of at loose ends. This one in the foreground had taken a walk into a dense wet area away from the pond.

Great Egret Walking
Great Egret Walking

The other one seemed to think he was missing something.

Great Egret Walking Being Watched
Great Egret Walking Being Watched

Bird number one wanted to be on his own and marched across the walking path.

Great Egret Walking Being Watched
Great Egret Walking Being Watched

I’m out of here!

Great Egret Flying Away
Great Egret Flying Away, Leaving a Batman Shadow

Great Egret Chicks: Learning To Get Along

Other than getting fed juvenile wading birds don’t have much to do until they learn to fly. If there is more than one in the nest any siblings are fair game for attention and practicing life skills.

Juvenile Great Egret Chicks
Juvenile Great Egret Chicks, Adult Flying Off

In this case they didn’t pay any heed to their neighbors, which in turn, ignored them.

Juvenile Great Egret Chicks
Juvenile Great Egret Chicks

Even when the ruckus ramped up.

Juvenile Great Egret Chicks
If I Don’t Look It’s Not Happening

Great Egret Chicks: Feed Me!

Adult Great Egrets get quite a workout feeding their young, and all this after procuring something for them to eat.

Great Egret and Two Chicks
Great Egret and Two Chicks

The chicks are aggressive about getting their share.

Great Egret and Two Chicks
Great Egret and Two Chicks

You can hear the “feed me” chorus, which is how the photographer often knows there is action afoot.

Great Egret and Two Chicks
Great Egret and Two Chicks

One more go at the regurgitation. I never saw the food, at this age it goes directly into the juvenile’s throats.

Great Egret and Two Chicks
Great Egret and Two Chicks

That’s it, I’m out.

Great Egret and Two Chicks
Great Egret and Two Chicks