This is the first of two articles publishing images of large wading birds landing near their nests. Here the Great Egret pulls back to make a soft landing on a cypress tree in a swamp.
The large wing span held out allows the bird to almost stand upright.
Flight is slowed significantly, and quickly.
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The Great Egret and Great Blue Heron use similar techniques to land. Both are big, but very light weight birds.