Tag Archives: Great Egret

Dirty Great Egret Catching Lunch, 1

I very rarely see a dirty Great Egret and don’t know if this one is streaked with natural dirt or some kind of pollution. Whatever it was, he didn’t experience any interference with getting his breakfast.

Great Egret Catching A Fish
Great Egret Catching A Fish
Great Egret Catching A Fish
Great Egret Catching A Fish
Great Egret Catching A Fish
Great Egret Catching A Fish
Great Egret Catching A Fish
Great Egret Catching A Fish
Great Egret Catching A Fish
Great Egret Catching A Fish

Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge, SC
July 24, 2022

Great Egret Chick Pair, Prequel

After I posted Great Egret Chick Pair yesterday I remembered I had taken some pictures earlier this spring at their nest. They aren’t great images, but I thought interesting as part of yesterday’s story.

On April 29 the adult was laying on the nest, presumable incubating eggs. At that point based on previous years’ outcomes I didn’t have much hope for a productive nest.

Great Egret On Nest
Great Egret On Nest April 29

Then on May 17th I discovered the chicks had not only  hatched but grown enough to be visible.

Great Egret Chicks
Great Egret Chicks May 17

I’d say a week to ten days old as a guess.

Great Egret Chicks
Great Egret Chicks May 17

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston, SC
April 29 and May 17, 2022

Great Egret Chick Pair

Again this year a pair of Great Egrets attempted to raise a family in a pine bough just off the nature trail at Ravenswood Pond.

Great Egret Chicks
Great Egret Chicks

Different this year is that they have had success, at least so far. Two years ago the eggs were not viable and last year there were two or three chicks but they did not live long.

Great Egret Chicks
Great Egret Chicks, This bough hangs over the pond

Survival rate for chicks is pretty low, and looking at this flimsy nest you can easily identify a few dangers plus they have a number of predators.

Great Egret Chicks
Great Egret Chicks

In the mean-time, these two have some shade…

Great Egret Chick
Great Egret Chick

and they look well fed.

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston, SC
June 10, 2022

Location, Location, Not This Location

Some green is starting to appear on the Cypress trees around the rookery, including in the tree that in previous years was THE sought after location. Multiple Great Blue Heron, Great Egret and Anhinga pairs vied for the best spots.

Great Egret, Wind Fluffed
Great Egret, Wind Fluffed, Another Great Egret and Great Blue Heron Behind

This year it has been empty, only occasionally serving as a rest spot, at least so far.

Great Egret
Great Egret

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston, SC
March 25, 2022

Meanwhile, Level 2 of the Skinny Tree

Or, The Challenge

I know you are down there!

Great Blue Heron Alert to an Intruder
Great Blue Heron Alert to an Intruder

And I want you to leave!

Great Egret Challenges Great Blue Heron
Great Egret Challenges Great Blue Heron

Not going!

Great Egret Challenges Great Blue Heron
Great Egret Challenges Great Blue Heron

Says who?

Great Egret Challenges Great Blue Heron
Great Egret Challenges Great Blue Heron

Oh, I think you are!

Great Egret Challenges Great Blue Heron
Great Egret Challenges Great Blue Heron

The Great Blue Heron won this round when the Great Egret took off but it was less then ten minutes and he came back.

The Skinny Tree, Great Blue Heron in top nest, Great Egret working nest below
The Skinny Tree, Great Blue Heron in top nest, Great Egret hasn’t made much progress on his nest down below

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston, SC
March 15, 2022