Great Egret Landing By The Nest - click to enlarge

Great Egret Landing By The Nest (1)

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.

Great Egret Landing By The Nest - click to enlarge
Great Egret Landing By The Nest – click to enlarge

The large wing span held out allows the bird to almost stand upright.

Great Egret Landing By The Nest - click to enlarge
Great Egret Landing By The Nest – click to enlarge

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.

Click to view Great Blue Heron.

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