Birds at the beach(Part 10)
The great egret, also known as the common egret, large egret, or great white egret or great white heron is a large, widely distributed egret. The four subspecies are found in Asia, Africa, the Americas, and southern Europe. Recently it is also spreading to more northern areas of Europe.
These are not all of the images I got of birds from this birding trip, but they are some of the best ones.
Great Egret nestlings waiting for parents to come back with food
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?
Visited the Rockery & captured Mama feeding two of her chicks!
Great Egret chicks looked to be plotting something in this photo.
It is always a surprise to see a great egret riding an alligator! It does happen sometimes in Florida.