Saturday I took a bird photography class with Samy’s Camera. I rode the #534 Metro bus all the way from Culver City to Malibu Country Mart, a 19 mile trip. Door to door service!
We met in the parking lot where we right away found some photogenic subjects. Great Egrets were nesting in two of the trees. I’ve never seen egrets in trees before so this was quite exciting.
Look at the little ball of fluff to the right of the parent egret. The egrets build nests out of twigs, as you can see in this photo.
I don’t know if this is on lookout duty or keeping an eye out for a good twig.
This guy is doing his morning stretching exercises.
This baby wouldn’t stop scratching.
Okay, now he has decided to pose. Is he the cutest thing or what? Although that beak already looks lethal!
I have a lot more bird photos from that day coming up in future posts.
Great egrets are found near water, salt or fresh, and feed in wetlands, streams, ponds, tidal flats, and other areas. They snare prey by walking slowly or standing still for long periods, waiting for an animal to come within range of their long necks and blade-like bills. The deathblow is delivered with a quick thrust of the sharp bill, and the prey is swallowed whole. Fish are a dietary staple, but great egrets use similar techniques to eat amphibians, reptiles, mice, and other small animals.
These birds nest in trees, near water and gather in groups called colonies, which may include other heron or egret species. They are monogamous, and both parents incubate their three to four eggs. Young egrets are aggressive towards one another in the nest, and stronger siblings often kill their weaker kin so that not all survive to fledge in two to three weeks.
The great egret is the symbol of the National Audubon Society.
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