There had been a lot of drama on one side of this rookery. Herons protecting territory from aggressive Great Egrets.
It had calmed down for a while and things were normal. Suddenly a Great Egret jumped in the air and charged across the water to an unprotected Heron nest. A single juvenile was there. Pay back time I guess.
Big mistake. Mom was only down the water line looking for food.
That distinct Heron squawk warned the Egret.
The Great Blue came at the Egret, but he dropped down to escape.
A claw may have grazed the Egret, but that’s about all.
Back to the other side went the Egret.
These confrontations are loud and dramatic. But when faced with an opponent who might hurt them any of these birds first tries to move on. A wound out here is not a good thing and can easily be fatal. They all seem to know that.