The background for this great egret photo is red maple trees with emerging leaves.
The flying stork is launching an apparently unprovoked attack on the standing stork. Possession of the potential nesting site is the issue.
Wood storks in conflict over nesting sites.
Wood storks fighting over nesting territory.
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.
A wood stork returning to its nest with additional building materials. It has a section of wild grape vine with tender leaves that resemble flowers.
Great egrets interacting at a Georgia rookery.
A wood stork returning to its nest with building material.
A great egret in flight, light through its wings accentuating the feather detail.
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 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 (Ardea alba) bearing a twig for its under construction nest. The smooth water surface reflects trees and the flying egret.
A tri-colored heron fishing in the dawn calmness of a coastal Georgia pond.
A juvenile roseate spoonbill in a restful pose. Another is feeding in the background.
Yellow-crowned Night Heron
A yellow-crowned night heron landing in dawn's early light.
A great egret created a splash when it attempted to spear a fish.
A great egret (Ardea alba) in flight.
White ibis (Eudocimus albus), and adult and a juvenile, feeding around pickerel weed.
A group of immature white ibis (Eudocimus albus) standing on a bar and having a drink.
A wood stork (Mycteria americana), not one of the more graceful birds when making an approach to landing,
A great egret (Ardea alba) searching for food. A fallen live oak provides it footing among cattail plants.
A great egret (Ardea alba) in flight, long plumes which appear in breeding plumage trailing behind.