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?


Great Egret adding to it’s nest

Great White Egret Feeding

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

The 3 chicks


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.


Nature’s Finest

Backyard snapshots

Gone Fishing

Great White Egret in Flight

Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Cornell Lab of Ornithology