Sharpening Her Bill, Heron

Sharpening Her Bill, Heron

I have seen this behavior before. It’s even more common with the Great Egrets.

When in an attack or defensive position the birds will almost make a show out of sharpening their beaks.

Sharpening Her Bill, Heron
Sharpening Her Bill, Heron

It’s probably a form of intimidation.

Sharpening Her Bill, Heron
Sharpening Her Bill, Heron

Egrets have been moving in on this Great Blues nest and she has tiny young. It will take more than a single Egret to drive her away. Both Herons and Egrets will stand their ground.

Sharpening Her Bill, Heron
Sharpening Her Bill, Heron

Above you can see a small ‘tuft’ of feathers below the Heron.

 

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