Last year was great for the Egrets, this year not so much.
As soon as the get comfortable some other birds drive them away. This time it was a persistent Great Blue Heron, much larger enemy.
These Great Egrets finally just ran from the Heron and landed in the shallow water. Next to an Alligator. Lucky he never notices, or cared.
Note; sunset glare here, but the story and scene is interesting so I published it.