Getting Serious, Heron, Egret

Getting Serious, Heron, Egret

They are starting to live closer to each other. Prime nesting spots are hard to find. The Great Blue Herons are always there first and protect the location and small young.

I caught this series as the Great Egret pushed closer and closer to the Heron. Egrets may be the biggest danger to small Heron chicks. The adult Heron, while a docile species, will attack if threatened.

Getting Serious, Heron, Egret
Getting Serious, Heron, Egret

The following photographs are a good example of aggressive behavior in these rookeries.

Getting Serious, Heron, Egret
Getting Serious, Heron, Egret

Above, the Great Egret was inching closer to the Heron nest. Finally the Heron stood and warned the Egret to move away.

Getting Serious, Heron, Egret
Getting Serious, Heron, Egret

Egrets are usually the aggressor and will fight back.

Getting Serious, Heron, Egret
Getting Serious, Heron, Egret

The Heron had been pushed by the Egrets for some time and ultimately attacked.

Getting Serious, Heron, Egret
Getting Serious, Heron, Egret

Above the Egret wisely backed off. The Heron had the high ground, was protecting young, and is bigger.

Getting Serious, Heron, Egret
Getting Serious, Heron, Egret

This time the Heron won the day.

Egrets are nesting in this tree below the Heron so this will be an ongoing battle.

I was pleased to be able to capture this series from start to finish (there were other shots, too many to include). You need to be in the right place at the right time. I was, this time.

 

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