Great Egret In Plumage - Click To Enlarge

Great Egret In Plumage

In this image a Great Egret was settled in some trees that have become a new section of the smaller rookery we visit. However, rather than spreading his plumage for a mate, this was to warn other Egrets away from the tree.

Great Egret In Plumage - Click To Enlarge
Great Egret In Plumage – Click To Enlarge

I have seen this tactic when they are intimidating another bird, aggressive during nest raids, and even squabbles with their mate.

It does make them look larger, so in that respect it works well.

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