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Territorial Great Egret, Round 2

It got a little more personal when the Great Egret that had been chased off looped back to canal edge.

Great Egret Territorial Display
Great Egret Territorial Display

Very powerful flyers, both Egrets put on quite a display.

Great Egret Territorial Display
Great Egret Territorial Display

The shot in between these two not clear, but the dominant Egret was holding the other down by the neck.

Great Egret Territorial Display
Great Egret Territorial Display

This behavior seemed like mating season combat, but the visual cues of the elongated tail and green eye lores aren’t present and we generally don’t see Great Egrets mating until March.

Great Egret Territorial Display
Great Egret Territorial Display

And once again, the interloper retreated.

Great Egret Territorial Display
Great Egret Territorial Display

December 22, 2020
Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Boat Pond

Territorial Great Egret

This Great Egret seemed keen on having this stretch of water to himself.

Great Egret Territorial Display
Great Egret Territorial Display

He loudly proclaimed his message, which the White Ibis ignored.

Great Egret Territorial Display
Great Egret Territorial Display

An interloper Great Egret got the message and flew off.

Great Egret Territorial Display
Great Egret Territorial Display

While an Alligator on the opposite bank watched on.

Great Egret Territorial Display
Great Egret Territorial Display, Alligator on far bank

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