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Roseate Spoonbills, Another Opportunity

A few miles from where I hoped the Roseate Spoonbills, Would Come on Down I spotted another group with a few Great Egrets gathered in an old rice field impoundment. They took off before I got to a gap in the reeds where I could get an image.

Roseate Spoonbills and Great Egret Taking Off
Roseate Spoonbills and Great Egret Taking Off

They circled the area, staying low.

Roseate Spoonbills and Great Egrets Taking Off
Roseate Spoonbills and Great Egrets Taking Off

A few of the Spoonbills went right over my head before settling in another connected impoundment.

Roseate Spoonbill Overhead
Roseate Spoonbill Overhead

Flight Control

This Great Egret was not just passing by using that elegant egret glide I’ve come to love; he was on a mission.

Great Egret in Flight
Great Egret in Flight

Note the extended short feathers at the wing bend and the angle of the outer part of the wing.

Great Egret in Flight
Great Egret in Flight

He made a sharp turn right above me, providing an interesting view of his wing structure.

Great Egret in Flight
Great Egret in Flight

He circled lower then dropped down into the edge of the pond, just out of my sight.

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