Mating Display, Great Egret - click to enlarge

Mating Display, Great Egret

The Great Egrets are in full display. The plumage and mating dance is like nothing else I have ever seen.

Mating Display, Great Egret - click to enlarge
Mating Display, Great Egret – click to enlarge

Each bird does the same ritual moves, but they all have their own moves. Which is probably why I have photographed this hundreds of times.

This image is the primary display of the breeding plumage. Stretching and dancing are also part of the display.

How could a little girl Egret resist.

8 thoughts on “Mating Display, Great Egret”

    1. There is an entire ritual dance to go with it. In a busy rookery there can be trees filled with Egrets on display. I took a few like that recently and will publish a few soon.

    1. Thanks a lot. This time of year it’s hard to choose just what images to publish, show, etc. The large birds are in full force now. Last week alone I must have shot 50 – 75 different breeding pairs, and species. Thanks again.

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