There is a huge egret problem on a residential street in my city. Nightmare-ish almost. You can read more about it here.
So you'd think after three visits to Chamberlain St. where the egrets haven taken over that I'd come away with at least one perfect photo. Ha! With burning eyes and throat, poop running down my arm (and who knows where else), and my neck aching from looking up so high, it's been quite a challenge to say the least. In addition to those issues there's the dense foliage to contend with, where leaves or limbs get in the way of the shot. Also, the birds move to higher elevations once my presence is detected. In addition to ALL THAT, the biggest, meanest bugs ever are using me as their own personal buffet table. Good thing my dream of working for National Geographic Magazine is just that: a dream. I really don't think I could hack it in the rainforest. :) These photos are not perfect, but good enough to post. Better viewed large.
|Double D looking up at the chaos. Notice the white poop on the leaves and limbs. That can't be good.|
|I'm pretty sure this is a Little Blue Heron fledgling OR it could be a Black-crowned Night Heron fledgling|
|Mating. You can see the breeding colors in the one on the left - the beak gets reddish-puple around the eyes.|
|Not sure what this is--doesn't have the plumage of the Snowy but it's not big enough to be the Great White Heron.|
|Cattle Egret with breeding colors|
|I'm fairly certain that this is a juvenile Little Blue Heron - from what I can discern from the internet the juveniles are white with green legs.|
|Little Blue Heron-breeding adult|
|Black-crowned Night Heron|
This is a shy little guy. I tried from every angle to get a better shot, but failed. I don't like that his beak is partially obscured by the tree.
|Just what you want to see--more Cattle Egrets mating|
|Guarding the nest.|
|In full breeding plumage|