Tag Archives: Great Egret

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

Great Egrets: Building The Nest

Great Egrets’ primary nesting material is sticks. The males go back and forth fetching whatever loose stick or twig they can find around the rookery.

Great Egret Flying With Stick
Great Egret Flying With Stick

The female often makes a big display when he returns to the nest site.

Great Egret Flying To Mate With Stick
Great Egret Flying To Mate With Stick

It is common to see the pair work the stick into place together, although the female will continue to manipulate it after he leaves for the next piece.

Great Egret Landing With Stick For Nest
Great Egret Landing With Stick For Nest

In this last image you can see that this pair has a lot of work still to do before she lays eggs.

Great Egret Landing With Stick For Nest
Great Egret Landing With Stick For Nest

March 6, 2022

Great Egrets, Breeding Plumage

Great Egrets are starting to gather and show off some breeding behavior.

Great Egrets, Breeding Plumage
Great Egrets, Breeding Plumage

For reasons unknown they have chosen the denser, more distant trees at our local rookery over the closer and easier photographed options of previous years.

Great Egrets, Breeding Plumage
Great Egrets, Breeding Plumage

Still plenty of time to show off and room for more.

Great Egrets, Breeding Plumage
Great Egrets, Breeding Plumage

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston, SC
March 2, 2022

Great Egret Goal Posts

It was a nail-biter.

American White Pelican Landing
American White Pelican Landing Between Two Great Egrets

For me.

American White Pelican Landing
American White Pelican Landing Between Two Great Egrets

Surely the White Pelican would swoosh between the Great Egrets…

American White Pelican Landing
American White Pelican Landing Between Two Great Egrets

But no, he ran out of oomph and veered left.

American White Pelican Landing
American White Pelican Landing Between Two Great Egrets

There was to be no touch down score for this American White Pelican

American White Pelican Landing
American White Pelican Landing Between Two Great Egrets

Bear Island Wildlife Management Area, SC
February 23, 2022

Great Egret Circle of Wings

I received several comments on recent Great Images flying low over the water and the circle made with the wings and their reflection. I normally don’t work up straight on shots of birds due to poor view of the head, but thought this was interesting in light of those comments.

Great Egret Flying Low Over Pond
Great Egret Flying Low Over Pond

Rice Field Pond, Middleton Place, Charleston, SC
October 19, 2021

See also: Great Egret Touching The Pond