Territory Dispute, Heron / Egret

Territory Dispute, Heron / Egret

The Great Egret landed too close to the Heron nest.

Territory Dispute, Heron / Egret
Territory Dispute, Heron / Egret

All the birds are still working out their territory so this will be constant until lines are drawn.

Territory Dispute, Heron / Egret
Territory Dispute, Heron / Egret

An Egret rarely confronts an angry Great Blue. The Heron is larger, but the Egret more aggressive. Only during nesting does this happen.

Territory Dispute, Heron / Egret
Territory Dispute, Heron / Egret
Territory Dispute, Heron / Egret
Territory Dispute, Heron / Egret

After watching this for several years you can spot the different styles of these predators. The Heron is low, always waiting for the other to get closer. The Egret almost always hovers higher up when fighting. I think that evens out the size difference.

Territory Dispute, Heron / Egret
Territory Dispute, Heron / Egret

This time the Great Egret stood his ground for a short time, then dropped off the tree top. I have seen Egrets stand ground and make the Heron back off in the last day.

Territory is being established and until the chicks are older (and a target) they will avoid each others nests.

4 thoughts on “Territory Dispute, Heron / Egret”

  1. How amazing, these are sights I have never seen before. Your first photo showing the wing span of the Heron is just stunning. I am still amazed at the sight of this long legged bird standing on branches so high in the trees, it looks like a bit of a wind would knock them right out. I have never seen anything like this.

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