Feisty Egrets

Feisty Egrets



Here’s a lovely snowy egret with gold feet on display and plumes blowing in the wind. It’s in a great fishing spot near the outflow from a water gate at one of the ponds at Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in Oceanville, New Jersey.

It’s a spot worth defending, apparently, and any unwary egret that gets too close gets chased.

The one on the right lookscowed,doesn’t it? “OK OK — I’m going already!”

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But egret #2 did not move fast enough and ended up getting a kwok-yelling, wing-beating, flying jump directed at him.
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Then a couple of others showed up and got the same treatment. “Go on, get out of here!”
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Ok. Alone at last. Back to fishing.
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Until the next interloper arrived!
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There were interludes of unexpected synchronized flying. Very nice!
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Then finally alone again. This bird looks to me like it would grumble if it could. I’ll bet more challengers showed up after I left.

 

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Julie Feinstein

Julie Feinstein

I am a Collection Manager at the American Museum of Natural History, an author, and a photographer. I live in New York City. I recently published my first popular science book, Field Guide to Urban Wildlife, an illustrated collection of natural history essays about common animals. I update my blog, Urban Wildlife Guide, every Sunday.

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Julie Feinstein

Julie Feinstein

I am a Collection Manager at the American Museum of Natural History, an author, and a photographer. I live in New York City. I recently published my first popular science book, Field Guide to Urban Wildlife, an illustrated collection of natural history essays about common animals. I update my blog, Urban Wildlife Guide, every Sunday.

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