An Egret is Faithful 100%

White Egret Face - Egg Sitting

Just like Horton of the beloved children’s book by Dr. Seuss, Horton Hatches the Egg, a nesting egret is faithful 100%!! These avian parents will steadfastly endure the hardships of wind and rain and potential predators to stay and incubate their eggs. The male and female egret will spell each other in order to get food, but the incubating eggs are protected at all times until they hatch. Parents will stand to stretch, preen a little, turn the eggs and otherwise keep them covered.

The two nest sitting images were taken on March 8th, 2014. The chick images were taken on March 19th, the day before the official first day of Spring!! How fitting to have these little new beings as symbols of the continuity of life and renewal! Growing up my mother had an oft repeated phrase that used to tickle me…”Spring has sprung, the grass has ris.., I wonder where the birdies is? Well, they are here and very rambunctious already!!

Great White Egret - Egg Sitting

White Egret with Chicks - end of a long day

White Egret Siblings - 1 week

White Egret Chick at one week

White Egret Chick Facing the Sun - in nest

White Egret Nestling at 1 week old - in shadow of parent

Welcome to the world little ones!!

Happy Spring!!



~ by Judy on March 23, 2014.

17 Responses to “An Egret is Faithful 100%”

  1. The chicks make the dinosaur-bird connection so much more plausible!

    • I think seeing them in this rather undeveloped context that the vision of a dinosaur-bird is not such a reach. I’ve read developmentally that the leap from scales to feathers is not that great. Dinosaur-bird discoveries lately seem to be reptiles having feathers and having been found with eggs…their eggs not prey eggs. Not that those feathers enabled flight, rather perhaps protection from the elements. Different seeing these young birds and how without feathers it is easy to see the spinal vertebrae and the skeletal shape of the skull. Same with the anhinga chicks the other day.

      • Besides the new edition of Sibley, E. J. also recently acquired a copy of Matthew P. Martyniuk’s “A Field Guide to Mesozoic Birds and other Winged Dinosaurs,” which amounts to a field guide . . . if you could go back in time, say, 100 million years ago. She enjoyed it.

      • Cool! I’d go in the time machine to see how accurate it is!! Well, as long as I am safe from the raptors, T-rex and such!! 🙂

      • Martyniuk admits the coloring of the plumage is mostly speculative, so you’d probably be able to find at least a few mistakes.

      • Well, if the colors of the plumage changed as much on the dino-birds through the year as they do in species we see today, then they could all be right!!

  2. Our version of your mother’s verse ended, “I wonder where the flowers is?” And every year I send out a little status update to customers who have been patiently waiting through bad weather. It ends, “Are you wondering where your varnisher is?”

    These photos are marvelous. There’s something so deeply touching about the devotion of these parents, and the bonds they form. I wonder sometimes if the breakdown changes in our society aren’t affecting the bonds between human parents and children, to our detriment.

    It may be that exposing people to the behavior of other species could stir nearly primal memories of what it would be like to live in such natural ways. We could use a little more faithfulness, that’s for sure.

    • I agree we have much to learn from the example of these avian families. Perhaps in a more primitive existence family members did depend on each other more, raised and let go as nature and ability to survive on one’s own determined. But, we are thinking beasts and our thoughts lead us to think we are ready when we are not. Sentience perhaps is the father of discord and instinct the mother of survival.

  3. Judy, Great sequence. Looks like the little guys have the same trouble with hair sticking straight up that I do…………. Jack

    • Oh they do have ‘uncouth’ hair as Audubon might have put it!! Within weeks that fuzzy hair do of youth will be replaced by a much more elegant cap of smooth white feathers. Humans need a tad of hair tonic I suppose?

  4. Beautiful photos, Judy! You are blessed to have the yearly opportunity to photograph these wonderful birds and their cute little offspring.

    • I do agree and feel fortunate to have places I can go to witness these things somewhat readily. But, you know we are challenged in other areas…like I would love to blur a waterfall!! 🙂

  5. Love these! Beautiful shots of the family!

  6. What wonderful shots you got of them all!! Just love them. They’re growing so quickly, too…. I need to make another visit, and SOON! 🙂

  7. Love the chicks! Though more of a punk than a T Rex hairstyle (no corkscrew curls). And all I get around here – if I’m lucky – is Mr & Mrs Blackbird feeding the year’s first batch of hatchlings. Though at least they sing sweeter than the later gulls.

  8. Those young are really quite fascinating.

  9. You do great work and these images are fabulous.

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