MATING GREAT EGRETS ~ EXPLORED
© Photo by Terp's ~ R. Terpolilli
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Great Egrets usually pair for life. During breeding season males and females develop a delicate
cloak of long feathers on their backs, as seen in previous images. They nest in colonies together
in both freshwater wetlands, and salt water marshes; building nests in trees and reed beds.
Usually three eggs, bluish-green in color are laid. Both parents take turns to incubate the eggs
and feed the chicks. Strangely Great Egret parents allow their chick to squabble over food. Often
the strongest chick survives during this scrum. This chicks also have an unfortunate tendency of
climbing out of their nest, and often fall prey to predators. Great Egrets reach maturity in two years
and can live for twenty two years.
Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 lens
Nikon 1.7 tele convertor
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