This Is My Spot, Heron vs Egret

This Is My Spot, Heron vs Egret

The first photograph in this series is when the Great Blue spotted a Great Egret landing in what he considers to be his fishing territory

This Is My Spot, Heron vs Egret
This Is My Spot, Heron vs Egret

Great Blues are very protective of their territory.

This Is My Spot, Heron vs Egret
This Is My Spot, Heron vs Egret
This Is My Spot, Heron vs Egret
This Is My Spot, Heron vs Egret

He immediately moved over to the Egret.

This Is My Spot, Heron vs Egret
This Is My Spot, Heron vs Egret

As soon as he was close to the Egret he struck out. Enlarge the above image and you will see the Herons head between the Egrets wings, he missed but was close.

This Is My Spot, Heron vs Egret
This Is My Spot, Heron vs Egret

The Egret was smart to move on.

This Is My Spot, Heron vs Egret
This Is My Spot, Heron vs Egret

During nesting season these two will have monumental battles. Egrets are usually no match but at a nest site they are the more aggressive and can be deadly.

Both these birds are top of the food chain predators so this is normal behavior.

 

 

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