Great Egrets Sharing The Nest - Click To Enlarge

Great Egrets Sharing The Nest

Photographing the Herons and Egrets side by side has made it very clear the different types of relationships mated pairs have.

Great Egrets Sharing The Nest - Click To Enlarge
Great Egrets Sharing The Nest – Click To Enlarge

These 2 Great Egrets. Are as close as I have ever seen a pair.

Great Egrets Sharing The Nest - Click To Enlarge
Great Egrets Sharing The Nest – Click To Enlarge

The birds here are touching each other as a bond, not a usual Egret trait. Even mated pairs fight often.

Great Egrets Sharing The Nest - Click To Enlarge
Great Egrets Sharing The Nest – Click To Enlarge

Great Blue Herons are much the opposite and actually show affection towards their mate.

Great Egrets Sharing The Nest - Click To Enlarge
Great Egrets Sharing The Nest – Click To Enlarge

I have been told at the start of breeding season even mated pairs don’t recognize each other until they display plumage and perform the mating ‘dance’…again.

 

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