Is Mommy ever coming with that food?

Great Egret nestlings waiting for parents to come back with food

Great Egret juvenile with strange curved beak!

There is a rookery (egretry?) in residential Santa Rosa that I was photographing. The trees have many nests of Great and Snowy Egrets and Black-crowned Night-Herons. When I returned home (to Arcata, CA) and reviewed my photos, I noticed this strange beak on one of the juveniles begging food from its parent. I’m not sure if it had fledged yet. Probably a mutation?

Egret

Great Egret adding to it’s nest

Great White Egret Feeding

Visited the Rockery & captured Mama feeding two of her chicks!

The 3 chicks

Instigators

Great Egret chicks looked to be plotting something in this photo.

Great Egret Riding an Alligator

It is always a surprise to see a great egret riding an alligator! It does happen sometimes in Florida.

Egret

Nature’s Finest

Backyard snapshots

Gone Fishing

Great White Egret in Flight

Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Cornell Lab of Ornithology