The Spring Dance, Great Egret

The Spring Dance, Great Egret

There’s lots of dancing happening in the rookeries now. Of course the one to watch is the Great Egret.

The routine has the same basic steps for each bird, but like anything there are always variations.

Below is a series of basic moves I photographed, presented in the order performed.

First the basic bow to start. Some birds stretch way down, but the head dip looks more common.

The Spring Dance, Great Egret
The Spring Dance, Great Egret

Next the bridal feathers expand.

The Spring Dance, Great Egret
The Spring Dance, Great Egret

Next is the stretch. Many times they stand so tall, with head high, you can’t get them in the frame.

The Spring Dance, Great Egret
The Spring Dance, Great Egret
The Spring Dance, Great Egret
The Spring Dance, Great Egret

Final move is a bob up and down, push out the ‘veil’ then stand still.

The Spring Dance, Great Egret
The Spring Dance, Great Egret

This was not exactly the most enthusiastic mating dance. In fairness there was all kinds of birds here, little room to really boogie, and maybe a few others were already giving him a dance ‘back at ya’ sign.

Every year I shoot as many as I can. Over time most have never seen the light of day. But it’s great fun !

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