Egret Series No. 3.
Great egret (Ardea alba), in Norfolk, Virginia. Male egrets are responsible for most nest construction. They will present building materials to their mates for approval before weaving them into their coarse nests. Finished nests will be up to three feet wide (90 cm) and a foot deep (30 cm).
This bird’s wings are almost fully extended - with a span of about 55 inches (140 cm).
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Egret Series No. 1.
I returned this morning to the great egret (Ardea alba) rookery in the Campostella Heights neighborhood in Norfolk, Virginia. During nesting season it never disappoints. This year the colony seems to be a bit smaller, with only about 40 pairs of adults. The birds also seem to be a bit behind schedule with nest construction, possibly due to our harsh winter and the late arrival of spring. I didn’t observe any completed nests, nor any signs of egg laying. I did see a lot of squabbling for prime nesting branches in the loblolly pines, and a lot of extravagant “come-hither” plumage displays. And sex. Lots and lots of great egret sex took place this morning - enough to make a young photographer blush.
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My egret photo sets and commentary from 2011 and 2013 can be viewed by clicking the links.
Destiny, manager at the Brew Thru - a specialty drive-in shop selling a huge variety of beer, in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Brew Thru operates four other shops in the Outer Banks.
"We’ll start getting really busy once the weather warms up. I like working here at night, with the breeze blowing through the store. It looks so pretty with the neon lights and the beer cases all lit up."
Top: Bodie Island light.
Middle: Charter boats at Oregon Inlet.
Bottom: Dunes and sea oats, covering the wreckage of the schooner Laura Barnes.