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.
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.
Virginia White-tailed Deer
This Virginia white-tailed deer is guarding a receptive doe that is laying in the grass nearby. He will defend her from other males as long as she is receptive and he is not beaten in a fight.
Sandhill Beardtongue, a perennial wildflower with limited range in the southeastern US.
Coastal Wetland Landscape
A coastal wetland along the South Carolina coast.
A Virginia white-tailed buck jumping a fence.
A forest fire swept though this area leaving this charred and weathered spruce stump as testiment.
In some instances dangling the feet in the water may serve to make fish or other prey move, making it more visible and thus easier to capture.
Reflected light from cattail plants surrounding this body of water account for the green color.
Marine organisms in a tide pool on the coastline of Shemya Island, Aleutian Chain, Alaska.
This striking wildflower, Langsdorf's lousewort, was photographed on the Aleutian Island of Shemya, one of the group known as Near Islands.
Willets (Catoptrophorus semipalmatus) in a territorial dispute. Horseshoe crabs had deposited eggs on this section of beach and the willets seemed to be defending feeding rather than nesting territories.
An adult Heerman's gull (Larus heermanii) in basic plumage strolling in dawn light.
A red knot (Calidris canutus) on a Georgia beach during its northward migration.
A tree swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) perched on a small pine tree top near its nest.
Pine woods rose pink
Early morning scene of an egret, stork and heron rookery on the Georgia Coastal Plain.
Old field habitat in a mountain cove, Appalachia.
A black rat snake prowling among low brances and river cane.
An eastern coachwhip (Masticophis flagellum) in wire grass - long leaf pine habitat.
A female Halloween Pennant (Celithemis eponina) dragonfly warming itself for the morning flight.
Slaty Skimmer Dragonfly (Libellula incesta)
Waves crash ashore near the mouth of the Colombia River. The Cape Disappointment lighthouse overlooks some of the most treacherous waters of the west coast.
A pair of great egrets at their nest.