Thursday, June 19, 2014

Jefferson Island: The Great Egrets

Getting towards the end of what I plan to post of my SUPER FUN day at Jefferson Island's rookery. These are the great egrets, sometimes by themselves and sometimes hunting with others. They seem to be very social and graceful birds.
Great egret reaching over a white ibis

A cattle egret walking over the turtles, following a great egret




Old fence at the perimeter of Lake Martin, not far from Jefferson Island

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41 comments:

HOOTIN ANNI said...

LOL...the one of the cattle egret walking atop the turtle shell cracked me up.

That fence/gate under the shade of the big trees is phenomenal.

Betty Manousos said...

good morning gail,

what fantastic shots of the great egret! and that old fence is simply beautiful!

big hugs!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

That picture of the egrets and the turtles together belongs in a frame :) wow what a picture!

eileeninmd said...

Beautiful collection of egret photos. My favorite is the shot with the turtles..Great post and a wonderful fence find. Have a happy day!

Beth @ "E." Lizard Breath Speaks said...

i love the mohawk. fun rippling reflection. have you had a chance to get kayaking lately? ( :

Roan said...

Using turtles as stepping stones. Awesome catch. Love that fence shot, too!

EG CameraGirl said...

They are very attractive birds. I am anxious to get out to photograph some here, hopefully is a few days.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

every stinking day you wow me with the artistry of your photography.

you awe me.

you encourage me...but not today. Too hot to get out in the swamps with the skeeters this time of the year in Florida.

Anvilcloud said...

Super series, so hard to pick a fave but the one of them 'laughing' in the tree is sure good.

Shug said...

Check out all of those turtles....Looks like they were content with the Egrets walking all over them! I love the expectation of what I'll see when I stop by each day! Always Great!!
hugs,
shug

Debbie said...

You see and photograph some of the most amazing wildlife and capture them in such natural surroundings!! I adore your images, they are so crisp and clear, it is as though I am standing there myself!!

Your fence picture is beautiful in black and white!!

ladyfi said...

Wow - fabulous shots.

Irma said...

Hi Gail,
What a great photo of Egrets.
My favorite is photo 3, also the old fence is beautiful
Well done!.
Best regards, Irma

Karen said...

The rookery is a little slice of birdwatchers heaven, terrific shots. Love your dreamy fence shot.

TexWisGirl said...

love that first shot! and the egret flying over the turtles, too! thanks for throwing in a fence and linking in (eventually)! :)

Deanna said...

Such beautiful birds, love those long feathers and the gracefulness of these birds. Great capture of the turtle stepping!! As are all the others!!

hootnonny said...

Natgeo worthy!

schmidleysscribblins.com said...

Magnificent birds.

schmidleysscribblins.com said...

Magnificent birds.

Pantherka said...

Beautiful images egret. The old fence is wonderful.
Greetings.

Karen S. said...

I'm happy to report that our old egret or perhaps his cousin is back at our neighbor's pond/ swamp nearly with all this tremendous rain. I really like your last photo, it should be on a cover of a book! What a story it could hold!

Stephanie said...

Wonderful images!

June Caedmon said...

You have such a good eye, Gail! I'm always amazed at what you're able to capture and how the image translates - you inspire me!

bailey-road.com said...

Great captures of these gorgeous birds. I love the one flying over the basking turtles.
Beautiful shot of the old fence too.

Lady Lilith said...

You do look like you had a super fun day. Thank you for providing the images to go along with it.

Lady Lilith said...

You do look like you had a super fun day. Thank you for providing the images to go along with it.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Beautiful pictures.Seems like the one Egret is using the turtles as stepping stones.

Ida said...

Beautiful and stunning shots of the Egrets. Loved your fence too. It looks a lot like the gate that I posted today. They are so ornate looking.

orchid Miyako said...

Wow; magnificent pictures of Egrets♡♡♡ Great Egret has a really long neck, don't they ;-) I think I can differentiate Egrets from 'Great' and 'Cattle' one p;) Sweet images of them with turtles♡♡♡
I LOVE the fence with black and white, too.


Sending you lots of love and hugs to my dear Japanese friend in America, xoxo Miyako*

Felicia said...

The bird photos are wonderful Gail, specially the egret walking on the turtle....but, I LOVE that last image.

Brian King said...

Fantastic! Such gorgeous birds!

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Love that second picture and the old gate too!

Barbara said...

Beautiful shots of the bird, and I LOVE that fence gate!!

Barbara said...

Beautiful shots of the bird, and I LOVE that fence gate!!

BumbleVee said...

The egrets are amazing.... oh, yeh...there is a fence ..hahhaha ... couldn't take my eyes off the birds...

nookworm said...

My favorite this time is the turtle walkers! Neat pictures - all.

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Wally Jones said...

It sure looks like you had a lot of fun at the rookery!

Beautiful series on the symbol of the National Audubon Society! These are such magnificent birds.

The Cattle Egret on the turtles is priceless!

Very nice post, Gail!

Kerry said...

I do, at least, recognize egrets. I love these guys. Beautiful shots.

Mitzi said...

OMG!!! I love how that little one is hitching a ride on the back of the turtle! Great eye...wonderful images. xoxo

Beate said...

I LOVE turtles - so I really love those turtle pics! I love how you always get to take those amazing pictures of beautiful animals. Thank you for sharing them with us :)