Great Egret Mating Dance - Click To Enlarge

Great Egret Mating Dance

Getting a mate for a Great Egret is a lot of work. Like a Blue Heron they bring sticks to their potential nesting partner. However first they must get up, in front of all the other egrets, and dance.

Great Egret Mating Dance - Click To Enlarge
Great Egret Mating Dance – Click To Enlarge

The steps are, get down low, spread your plumage, and bounce straight up. Repeat as needed.

Great Egret Mating Dance - Click To Enlarge
Great Egret Mating Dance – Click To Enlarge

Click the first image in the gallery below to see the dance steps.

As the dance goes on, they bow lower, and stretch higher.

Great Egret Mating Dance - Click To Enlarge
Great Egret Mating Dance – Click To Enlarge

When all else fails, they chase each other around the swamp squawking like fools.

2 thoughts on “Great Egret Mating Dance”

    1. Thanks. I really like some of these shots too. We are getting 100’s of these since they started. As you would expect most have branches in their face, too dark, fuzzy…. but still it’s great. Ellen and I go in different directions when we hit the swamp to be sure we don’t duplicate too much.

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