Tag Archives: Great Egret

Wood Stork King of the Ramp

A few dozen wading birds had gathered for easy pickings of fish in the low water as the pond was draining for repairs to be made to the outlet piping. A Wood Stork had  the newly exposed Alligator ramp all to himself and wanted to keep it that way.

Wood Stork and Great Egrets
Wood Stork and Great Egrets

A few of the Great Egrets were squabbling over a spot on the ramp while The Wood Stork stood his ground on the high end.

Wood Stork and Great Egrets
Wood Stork and Great Egrets

They all settled in a truce, for a few minutes.

Wood Stork and Great Egrets
Wood Stork and Great Egrets

The water level in this pond is normally maintained at about three feet (1 meter) in this section, leaving just the top of the ramp exposed. The duck weed, mosquito fern and other aquatic plants settled in a drape over the Alligator ramp as the water drained out.

 

The Skinny Tree: A New Use

The “Skinny Tree” sees lots of wading bird occupants but this is the first time I’ve seen a potential nest builder check out the roof. In fact, the only bird I remember seeing perched on top was a King Fisher.

This Great Egret took a moment to scan the sky as a low airplane passed by. The Skinny Tree is only about 3 miles (5 KM) from Charleston International Airport and Joint Base Charleston so these birds get used to sharing the skies with all sorts of aircraft.

Great Egret Perched on Dead Tree
Great Egret Perched on Dead Tree

I’m not sure how this next image might display on your various devices due to its height, but wanted to show the levels. The Great Egret was really interested in occupying a nesting site in the trees branches, which are already occupied.

Occupied Skinny Tree
Occupied Skinny Tree, Great Blue Heron nest, Great Egret nest

In a broader and lower view I captured the Great Blue Heron driving a Great Egret away as he protected his chick, which can be seen next to the tree trunk behind the adult.

Occupied Skinny Tree
Occupied Skinny Tree, Great Blue Heron and two Great Egret nests – click image for larger view.

Overshot The Nest

This Great Egret was busy bringing sticks to the nest.

Great Egret Bringing Stick to Nest
Great Egret Bringing Stick to Nest

It was quite breezy and on this landing he overshot the nest.

Great Egret Bringing Stick to Nest
Great Egret Bringing Stick to Nest

Lean into it and move your neighbor off at the same time!

Great Egret Bringing Stick to Nest
Great Egret Bringing Stick to Nest

The female on the nest did not get up to receive the new nesting materials, perhaps because she was laying on eggs. The nest is skimpy looking and could use some more support before the chicks are moving about.

Great Egret Bringing Stick to Nest
Great Egret Bringing Stick to Nest

Great Egret Dance and Build

This Great Egret wasn’t having much luck attracting a mate with his beautiful dancing but that didn’t stop him from working on a nest.

Great Egret Mating Dance
Great Egret Mating Dance

He had a good location in the tree and I suspect did not want to give it up  to go searching for building materials. With a mate selected one would stay on the nest site to keep intruders away.

Great Egret Mating Dance
Great Egret Mating Dance

Instead he grabbed pieces from the limbs around him, continuing to display those gorgeous tail feathers.

Great Egret Mating Dance
Great Egret Mating Dance

Taken 3/13/2019

GBH: Nest Duty

This Great Blue Heron was snoozing on the nest when I came along. I was happy to see that the tree is showing some life with some green needles appearing.

Great Blue Heron Laying on Nest
Great Blue Heron Laying on Nest

At one point the heron got up, stretched and ruffled himself.

Great Blue Heron on Nest
Great Blue Heron on Nest

When he settled back down he took a long time adjusting from side to side making me think the eggs might have hatched.

Great Blue Heron Laying on Nest
Great Blue Heron Laying on Nest

The Great Blue was keenly aware of the Great Egret encroaching on his territory. This tree, like past years, has several Great Egret nests and some of the Great Egrets aren’t paired up yet and are searching for nesting spots.

Great Blue Heron Laying on Nest, Great Egret Watching
Great Blue Heron Laying on Nest, Great Egret Watching