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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

Caught In The Rain

I rarely go to the swamp in the rain. My camera is water-resistant, but not water-proof, and in South Carolina rain is often accompanied by lightening. I don’t want to ruin my camera and more so don’t want to get electrocuted.

Sometimes you get a surprise. Fortunately there is a covered area of the walkway along this side of the pond.

There are a few Great Egret juveniles that haven’t fledged yet and this one backed into the boughs for a little protection.

Juvenile Great Egret in Rain
Juvenile Great Egret in Rain

This fellow was more curious.

Juvenile Great Egret in Rain
Juvenile Great Egret in Rain

The juveniles above are the two seen in the middle tree in the wider view below. There are three others visible in the further tree, along with an Anhinga.

Swamp In The Rain
Swamp In The Rain

We have been blessed with a lot of rain this month and green is the predominant color right now.

Great Egret, Nest Material

I saw this Great Egret land and expected him to get run off by the occupant of the nest about 8 feet (2 M) above him.

Great Egret
Great Egret

He poked around a bit, and was surprisingly ignored by the Great Egret in the nest.

Great Egret
Great Egret

Suddenly he swooped down to the water…

Great Egret Dropping To Water
Great Egret Dropping To Water

… and came up with a stick!

Great Egret Flying With Stick
Great Egret Flying With Stick

After circling around the tree he made a nice landing at the top, delivering the stick to his mate. Turns out he didn’t go far from home for this delivery of nesting material.

Great Egret Bringing Stick To Nest
Great Egret Bringing Stick To Nest

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston, SC
March 17, 2021