The Basic Dance Steps

The Basic Dance Steps

While each Great Egret has their own own dramatic style there are some basic steps to every mating dance. Each season I try to catch a few birds going through their routine.

#1 Puff up to get attention.

The Basic Dance Steps
The Basic Dance Steps

# 2 The bow to the audience.

The Basic Dance Steps
The Basic Dance Steps

# 3 The long stretch, show how big you are.

The Basic Dance Steps
The Basic Dance Steps

# 4 Again bow to the on lookers.

The Basic Dance Steps
The Basic Dance Steps

# 6 Now it’s a curtsey showing respect.

The Basic Dance Steps
The Basic Dance Steps

# 7 Finally stand back, puff a bit and see what happens.

The Basic Dance Steps
The Basic Dance Steps

Now, in all fairness this Egret showed little finesse and drama. He did the dance, and probably left by himself.

Maybe next time he will put a bit more effort into it. The competition is fierce.

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