Great Egret

Gatorland in Early April

April 23, 2016 -  All the species were there: Great Egrets, Tricolored Herons, Snowy Egrets, Little Blue Herons, Anhingas, Double-Crested Cormorants, and Cattle Egrets....  Actually all the species were engaged in wonderful breeding displays, even the Great Egrets, who as the earliest breeders already have nests with half-grown chicks....  Many of the Great Egrets…... Read more

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Breeding Colors on Display at Gatorland

May 8, 2015 - I was surprised to see a few Great Egrets still in their bright green colors....  The Great Egrets are the first to move into the rookery in early February....  The Great Egret teenagers are still standing on their nests, begging for food, long after the younger Snowy chicks have fledged.... Read more

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Venice Rookery

January 21, 2015 -  There were also a few pairs of Great Egrets that were nesting.... This particular nest site was being eyed by both the Great Blue Herons and the Great Egrets....  The Great Egret will bend, thrust his head into the air, then bend back down again.... Read more

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Gatorland Rookery Great Egrets Put on a Show

March 9, 2013 - I headed to the Gatorland Rookery in hopes of capturing some Great Egret nesting activity.... But on the morning side, today there were mostly Great Egrets.... There are a couple of Great Egret nests with chicks, and at least one nest with teenagers (those tall gangly babies that haven't learned…... Read more

Father’s Day at the Polk Rookery

June 20, 2012 - The Great Egrets are the first to nest, and some of the last to fledge.  It's interesting how the smaller birds, like Tricolored Herons and Snowy Egrets, start nesting later and fledge sooner, than the bigger birds.  A couple of the fledgling Great Egrets were still hanging around on Sunday. …... Read more

More from Circle B Bar Reserve

May 21, 2012 - ...As I drove to work with the rising sun in my eyes this morning, all I could think was that I’d rather be at the Circle B Bar Reserve! :) It’s unusual when I have such a good morning that I have to extend my description to multiple blog posts. This one is looking like […] Read more

Mirror, Mirror, in the Lake…Who’s the Most Handsome Drake?

January 7, 2012 - Bird Species List (31 total): American Coot, American White Pelican, Anhinga, Belted Kingfisher, Black-Bellied Whistling Duck, Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher, Blue-Winged Teal, Boat-tailed Grackle, Brown Pelican, Caspian Tern, Common Gallinule, Eastern Phoebe (heard), Gadwall, Glossy Ibis, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Greater Yellowlegs, Laughing Gull, Least Yellowlegs, Limpkin, Mottled Duck, Palm Warbler,…... Read more

Birds Posing on Palms at Viera Wetlands

November 22, 2011 - ...It’s been a while since I went birding anywhere except the Circle B Bar Reserve, so I decided to head over to Viera Wetlands yesterday morning.  I’ve been following the birding news on Birdbrains and I knew that the wetlands aren’t particularly active at the moment, and that was true.  But I did end up […] Read more

Spoon-Feeding at the Polk Rookery

May 29, 2011 - Herman took my dad and me out in his boat again this morning.  The Polk Rookery has changed considerably since my last visit in March.  Then the birds were building their nests, and Great Egrets, Wood Storks dominated the Brazilian Pepper.  Today the rookery was filled with fledgling birds of…... Read more

Incredible Morning at the Alligator Farm Rookery

May 14, 2011 - Augustine Alligator Farm's bird rookery.  It's right at peak season and the rookery, and the activity is awesome!  Some Great Egrets are still building nests, others have tiny babies, and still more have fledglings who know how to leave the nest but still haven't figured out how to feed themselves. …... Read more

Let’s Go Build a Nest! (Polk Rookery)

March 20, 2011 - Augustine Alligator Farm Rookery, this one is totally wild.  There were hundreds of birds there, most of them sporting their breeding plumages.  We saw Great Egrets, Wood Storks, Roseate Spoonbills, Black-Crowned Night Herons, White Ibises, Great Blue Herons, Snowy Egrets, Tricolored Herons, Little Blue Herons, Brown Pelicans, Double-Crested Cormorants, Anhingas,…... Read more

Quiet Morning at Fort De Soto

March 12, 2011 - Red-Breasted Merganser A Great Egret was feeding off the East Beach as well.  The water was very still.  I turned up the exposure compensation and tried to catch the splash as the bird fished.... Great Egret I went back to the North Beach and looked for warblers in the picnic…... Read more

Bittern-ly Chilly Morning at the Circle B Bar Reserve

January 15, 2011 - Pied-Billed Grebe I was excited to see this Great Egret fly overhead.... Great Egret The weather alternated between cloudy and sunny throughout the morning.... Species list: American Bittern, American Coot, American Robin, American White Pelican, American Wigeon, Anhinga, Bald Eagle, Black-Bellied Whistling Duck, Black Vulture, Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher, Blue-Winged Teal, Common…... Read more

Baby Birds at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm and Bird Rookery

May 1, 2009 - Bird Nests and Photographers (Look at those Lenses!!) Great Egret Mommy and Babies Little Great Egrets Great Egret Feeding Baby Great Egret Babies Great Egret Babies Tricolored Heron on Nest Snowy Egret Wood Storks Cattle Egret There were some other birds at the zoo as well, much more colorful, but…... Read more