Tag Archives: Great Egret

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

Great Egrets Doing Their Thing

A variety of birds were spread along the far side of the pond and many of the Great Egrets were just standing around while American Avocet and American White Pelicans came and went. This pair seemed to be on the lookout for something.

Great Egret Face-off
Great Egret Face-off

One did fly in and join the group. I suspect those posts are the remnants of a duck blind.

Great Egret Coming In
Great Egret Coming In

The Great Egret made the typical graceful landing and the others paid no attention.

Great Egret Coming In
Great Egret Coming In

Bear Island Wildlife Management Area, SC
February 17, 2021

American Avocet

American Avocet aren’t the only birds in these images, but I haven’t seen one in awhile so thought I’d give them top billing. And I really like them with their snazzy color scheme.

American Avocet, American White Pelican, Great Egret
American Avocet, American White Pelican, Great Egret

I sure was hoping they would fly closer to my side of the pond.

American Avocet taking off, American White Pelican, Great Egret
American Avocet taking off, American White Pelican, Great Egret

Instead they disappeared on the other side of the marsh.

American Avocet taking off, American White Pelican, Great Egret
American Avocet taking off, American White Pelican, Great Egret

Great Egret Hunting in Swamp

This Great Egret was on his own as he hunted in a swamp were recent rains have left the water levels high around the edges.

Great Egret Hunting In A Swamp
Great Egret Hunting In A Swamp

Slow and methodical he went around a large tree, starting to show some fancy tail feathers of the approaching breeding season.

Great Egret Hunting In A Swamp
Great Egret Hunting In A Swamp

A big swallow…

Great Egret Hunting In A Swamp
Great Egret Hunting In A Swamp

…maybe it wasn’t what he was expecting… you don’t often see an Egret spit out food.

Great Egret Hunting In A Swamp
Great Egret Hunting In A Swamp

All good, he continued around the tree.

Great Egret Hunting In A Swamp
Great Egret Hunting In A Swamp

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens
February 8, 2021