The Great Egret hatchlings are getting bigger every day!! There are quite a few nests this year (yay!) so we’re seeing chicks at all different stages of growth, including the slightly older ones (top photos) and the more recently hatched (bottom photos).
Great Egrets were keeping close watch on their eggs when I began this post. I went away for two weeks, and now the new chicks are already growing fast! I’d better get back to take some photos before the little ones fledge!
The vivid green lores on the Great Egret‘s face, and their feathery, bridal veil-like plumes, or aigrettes, mark the breeding season of these stunning birds (All About Birds)!
This Great Egret was one of about a dozen foraging in the shallow marsh on this particular morning. Such a joy to see so many of these beauties together! In no time at all, this Egret met with success and plucked a plump fish out of the water. Then the negotiations began. It can be […]
Yay…. I think that’s my mom heading this way! I’m starving! We’re still seeing lots of nest activity in our local wetlands, even though it’s mid-June already. This Great Egret youngster looked pretty excited when he saw his parent heading back to the nest. “Both parents feed the young by regurgitation. At the age of […]
These tiny Great Egret chicks were barely visible past the thick foliage 2+ weeks ago! ☺️I went back to this spot last week to see how much they’ve grown, and could barely see a head popping up in the leaves! I’m not sure if all three chicks are still there.The Great Egret‘s nesting period is […]
When I go for a walk in one of our natural areas with someone who’s never gone birding before, they’re usually awed by the beauty and diversity of our avian friends. So I always share with them this line by Jonathan Rosen, writer, editor, and birder, from his wonderful book, Life of the Skies: Birding […]