A Slight Disagreement
Yesterday afternoon these two great egrets had a bit of a disagreement over who owns the hot fishing spot in the salt marsh.
The argument quickly escalated into an airborne display of egret supremacy. Although the initial winner seemed to be the one who grabbed the other egret in a firm beak lock, they both stayed in the general area and continued on with their day of fishing. But this is typical of the egrets and herons, they frequently mix a little fighting in with their fishing…it’s all part of a day in the marsh.
they are quite like 2 fighting angels!!
They do look like that! 🙂 Thank you!
What a capture that first image is! Wow!
So glad you like that! Thanks
Why don’t they sit down? 😉 Great Pictures!
They can not rest, they always keep going. 🙂 Thank you!
Was für wundervolle Fotos…whowwhhh!!!
Ich bin so froh, dass du wie auf den Fotos! 🙂
What an amazing scene you have captured!
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a stunning and amazing capture of a bird battle in flight. sometimes you simply out do yourself
I really appreciate you checking these out, thanks!
You absolutely amaze me! Every day is yet another great capture, or two or three or four! Thanks so much for sharing these images. I look forward to your posts every single day.
I appreciate your very kind words Marta!
What great symmetry in those first two shots………. and what a story………line!!! Nice job!!
Thank you Sally, I’m happy you enjoyed the pics and story!
…. So I was talking about you with one of your fellow bloggers the other day. Best we can figure, you have a house there at the marsh, with a web cam running 24/7. The only other way you can get shots like this is to sell your soul to the devil — but I don’t remember purchasing your soul recently. 🙂
Heh heh, no house at the marsh although there are those that suspect I have a tent pitched somewhere in the woods around there. No truth at all to that rumor either. 🙂
Hopefully the old soul remains intact and as always I appreciate your interest and support! Thanks!
Completely, Totally Amazing Phil
Thanks, I appreciate it!
These are unbeatable photos of the great egrets. Spot on captures to highlight each change in behaviors.
Thank you for your kind words I truly appreciate it!
Wow! National Geographic material.
Thanks much glad you like them!
This is absolutely amazing series Phil. The first photo is mirror perfect, and watching the fight unfold mid-air is spectacular. I’m guessing you jumped up and down with excitement after taking these as this is a really awesome moment!
Thanks for the kind words Emily and I’m very happy you enjoyed these egret photos! I was pretty excited to get these pics, I got lucky about where it took place. Not too close so that they are jumping out of the frame and not too far so they are too small.
What spectacular photos, Phil. You really caught them so beautifully. You must be absolutely thrilled with this series. 🙂
Thanks a million Sylvia! I’m glad you like these egret pics and yes I am quite thrilled I managed to witness and capture the battle of the marsh. 🙂
Nothing like a little fight at the salt marsh to get the photographers excited. Pretty much like a hockey game. Great timing on your part to catch the wonderful action.
I have photographed ice hockey and yeah it pretty much looks like this. 😉 😀
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Amazing. They donn´t hurt each other. Closing the other´s bill is protection of being bitten.
It’s funny how they can fight like that and then 30 seconds later they go right back to fishing like it never happened.
Truly awesome shots Phil. Looks like you had a great ring side seat for all the inside tussling in the clinches. I’m jealous…I don’t get to see much of that kind of action.
Thanks Dave! This was like a combination boxing match and ice hockey game. Fun to see and fun to photograph!
Amazing!!! Excellent shots!!!
Thanks very much, glad you like these pics!
Incredible series Phil. They really do go at it don’t they? Love that first shot!
They sure do go at it, then as quickly as it started it breaks up and they go right back to fishing. Well, until the next argument breaks out. 🙂 Thanks much!
Wow fabulously captured. The first 2 images look like they’re about to dance.
Oh they were doing their own particular style of dancing alright. They can be entertaining. Thanks for looking.
Woah! Great action shots, Phil! Beautiful captures.
Thanks a bunch Jane, glad you like the egrets!
Wow, and double wow! I’m amazed by the clarity of your action shots.
I really appreciate your kind comments, thanks!
They look like they are dancing together!!!
They start dancing, then it gets juuuuust a bit out of hand!
They remind me of humans…. 🙂
These are such wonderful photos.
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It looks like the nutcracker ballet with attitude
Oh there is plenty of attitude out there. And it really gets out of hand when their pal the great blue heron gets involved. 😯
Wonderful captures, Phil.
Thanks Mike I appreciate it.
Amazing and wonderful photo’s Phil.
Thanks very much Jan I’m happy you like them!
Great! Pas de deux.
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this is an absolutely stunning series, fantastic work!!!
Wish you a nice day,
Thank you moni I appreciate your kind words!
A great series! I love these! The first shot is so perfect 🙂
Thanks very much for looking and commenting!
Preciosa Secuencia De Baile, Muy Buenas Fotografías…. Un Saludo…
Muchas gracias Estoy feliz que te gusta las fotos
Wow! That’s real hot stuff. Many thanks for these wonderful pics.
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Totally amazing pics Phil!! We can’t thank you enough on your sharing your passion with us!! Hope you and Alyce are doing well. We need to catch up real soon!!
Thank you much Connie, I really appreciate you checking these out and commenting!
Perfect action shots!
I’m glad you like them thanks!
Fabulous images! I sure wouldn’t want to get between those two.
Thanks I’m glad you like the egret pics!
I would not want to get between them either, they look like they mean business. 🙂
this is beyond spectacular straight in to my top 5 of your posts
I really appreciate your kind words Scott and glad you liked the egret pics!
I really like this sequence. It really made me smile.
I’m so happy you enjoyed these egret photos! Thanks
What outstanding photographs of the Egret dance! All your pictures are wonderful and I look forward to checking your site everyday.
Thanks very much for looking and commenting, I greatly appreciate it Beverly!
Wow!!!! Stunning… You really do capture some amazing scenes!!!
Thanks a million for the kind words, I appreciate it tremendously!
I tell you, if they’re not more careful with those beaks, somebody’s going to lose an eye!
No kidding! I know I would not want one of those guys to be very mad at me and try to poke me with that sharp bill! 😯
you show us a great bird story with photos, thank you, great
I really appreciate you looking and commenting thanks!
Oh wow! They don’t get better than this!!
Thanks Molly for the kind words!
Like a very cross ballet! 😀
They might be dance/fighting 😀
Oh My ! The feeling I get when seeing your photographs is always double. They’re so overwhelmingly beautiful and at the same time, I feel mine are so … common. Gorgeous, Phil, just…, you know.
Well I truly appreciate your very kind words and I’m happy you enjoy my photos!
They ran a few of these on the Yahoo News UK site today.
All the shots are spectacular, but that first one is stunning! What is it about you hockey photographers? The instructor at my photo workshop covered the San Jose Sharks. You might even know him…. Don Smith?
Thanks for the kind words Gunta and glad you liked these pics!
I worked with a photographer named Don Smith in the northeast New Jersey area back in the 80s.
BTW, they used a couple of these photos on the Yahoo News UK site today.
Interesting article. Thanks for the link.
Here’s a link to Don’s website: http://wp.me/p1u3wy-Af
If it’s the same Don Smith he’s still shooting for the San Jose Sharks. In addition to the hockey, he’s branched into doing some marvelous landscape stuff and doing workshops all over the Western region.
Well not the same Don Smith. The DS I knew would be closer to 100 years old now. (hope he doesn’t see this) 😉
That guy has some very nice scenics.
Hahahaha, looks like they’re dancing in the first pic!!! Such beautiful animals.. 🙂
They turned a dance into an argument. ha ha
Thank you for your kind comments and I’m happy you like the egret photos!
Some of these photos were used on the Yahoo News UK site Monday.
Wow, that’s awesome!!! Congrats!!! 🙂
Sometimes even when it has been said by so many commenters already, it is so worth the redundancy! This is a truly perfect series and full of natural artistry…yours and that of the egrets!
Well I greatly appreciate your very kind comments Judy!
They ran a few of these on the Yahoo News UK site last week.
And the first one was chosen as a Nat Geo Daily Dozen selection this past Friday.
Oh Wow! That is great!! The parallelism of the first face off shot is certainly wonderful!! Congrats!!
Your photos never disappoint! Thank you so much for sharing!!