A Great Blue Heron’s reaction to a Great Egret’s intrusion

Great Egret close upGreat Egret close up – Nikon D200, handheld, f8, 1/1000, ISO 200, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 400mm, natural light, not baited

Back in March of 2009 while I was photographing a Great Blue Heron on the north beach of Fort De Soto County Park in Florida a Great Egret flew in and walked close to the Great Blue Heron and me. Sitting there with two very sharp-billed birds can be a little nerve wracking especially when you see the bills magnified through a telephoto lens. The Great Egret wasn’t paying me or the Great Blue Heron much attention at all, it only seemed to have looking for prey on its mind.

Squawking Great Blue HeronSquawking Great Blue Heron – Nikon D200, handheld, f7.1, 1/1000, ISO 200, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 400mm, natural light, not baited

The Great Blue Heron; on the other hand, didn’t seem to care for the intruder at all and squawked as soon as the Great Egret got within about 10 feet of the Great Blue.  I don’t think the Great Blue Heron appreciated the Great Egret horning in on its hunting territory.

I wondered if I might see a fight between the two large wading birds and I really didn’t think I would have enjoyed a front row seat to that kind of altercation especially because of those dagger sharp bills. The Great Egret ignored the Great Blue and continued north on the shoreline of the Gulf looking for prey and the Great Blue Heron settled back down.

Back in January of this year I had written another post about these Two Great Birds and wanted to share a bit more about them today.

Mia

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