A great egret (Ardea alba) presenting a twig to its mate upon returning to its nest as a chick looks on. This behavior serves to strengthen their bond and though the twig will be worked into the structure of the nest, the behavior persist long past initial nest building.
The background for this great egret photo is red maple trees with emerging leaves.
A great egret and its reflection. The colors on the surface of the water are reflections of leaves on the pond's bank.
A great egret returning to its nest with additional materials, in this case a water-logged stem, the weight of which seems to be a challenge to the egret.
Great egrets interacting at a Georgia rookery.
A great egret forcing another from its nest area.
Great egrets taking to the air in a conflict over nesting territory.
Great egrets in conflict. Aggression usually occurs when one encroaches on the nesting territory of another. These conflicts usually end with threats but at times contact is made and injuries may be incurred.
A great egret isolated by glare on the surface of the water compose this image.
A great egret returning to its nest with additional building material. These egrets make hundreds of flights collecting twigs for their nests over the course of the nesting season.
A low flying great egret cast a reflection among the reflections of colorful spring leaves of shoreline vegetation.
A great egret created a splash when it attempted to spear a fish.
A great egret (Ardea alba) in flight.
Clam dark waters reflect the image of a great egret and pickerel weed in this scene from the Georgia Coastal Plain.
A pair of great egrets (Ardea alba) exchanging a twig. This ritualized behavior strengthens the pair bond and adds material to the nest.
The usual result of conflict - confrontation and then each goes its separate way. Also in the foreground is a wood stork with chicks and further back a pair of young anhingas.
A great egret in low flight over a pond where great and snowy egrets had congregated to feed.
A great egret (Ardea alba) taking a break from nest tending to preen its plumes.
A great egret (Ardea alba) with wings and tail feathers flared to slow momentum just before touchdown.
Great egrets (Ardea alba) share the scene with pickerel weed (Pontederia cordata ?) in a coastal Georgia pond.
A great egret (Ardea alba) yields to the aggessive advances of another. In this case, the offending egert ventured too close to the nest of the aggressor.
The egret on the left has moved aggressively toward the one on the right which is vigorously yielding.
A great egret (Ardea alba) just before touch down. Sunlight from an oblique angle illuminates the wing feathers.
Early morning scene of an egret, stork and heron rookery on the Georgia Coastal Plain.
A foggy morning view of a portion of a wading bird rookery on the Georgia coast, Nesting species include great egrets, wood storks, snowy egrets, tricolored herons, little blue herons, anhingas and probably great blue herons.
A back lit great egret in flight.
A pair of great egrets at their nest.