Snowys… At It Again
You would think the main purpose of fishing in the salt marsh would be…fishing in the salt marsh. But oh no, not for the snowy egrets. As usual, 60% of the time they could spend hunting for food is instead spent fussing and squabbling with each other. It never fails, if there is more than one snowy egret in an area, a disagreement will break out. I think it’s in their official charter.
So once again… this afternoon there were about half a dozen of these high strung little agitators around and that meant almost non stop bickering. Of course that provides almost endless comical photographic possibilities for me, but somehow I don’t think they see it that way.
Nice to know that the inability to get along is not just a human thing.
Exactly. Seems to be a concept that applies to just about everyone.
The one on the left looks like a graceful ballet dancer. Great shots.
He was trying to remain graceful while getting away QUICKLY. 😮
For such a delicate and pretty bird, they sure get a mean look when one gets aggressive.
I always look for the biggest fluffer. That’s usually going to be the agitator and the one to keep an eye on.
I learned something. I will keep my eye on those that puff up next time.
When I first arrived there were 3 feeding together with one aggressive fluffer constantly chasing the other two and that’s what these pics were from. Then 3 more arrived with one of those also being an aggressive fluffed up guy So now we had 2 chasers and 4 being chased. These birds can be hysterical.
Great captures that put a big smile on my face! 🙂
I’m thrilled you got a smile from these wacky birds! 😀
They are quite comical!
Divertentissime e splendide queste foto.
Grazie Pat! 😎
Like human beings, except we probably do more often. Just kidding… 🙂
No that’s pretty much the situation. 😀
It’s sort of like two minutes before Happy Hour ends at the local bar. Don’t get in anybody’s way when they are getting drinks prior to the price increase!
It seems such a lot of wasted effort, when he could be fishing!
That’s what I always say. So much wasted energy. But what do I know?
These birds must live like teenage girls…how exhausting. But their behavior does provide you great situations for fabulous shots!
That is the absolute best description of their behavior I have ever heard! Thank you! 🍸
Ha ha! I can see just how much fun you have watching them 🙂
They are entertaining for sure!
Is it equal opportunity chasing, or is one sex more aggressive than the other? Or can you tell?
Yeah I can’t tell from sex, the males and females of this species look identical. But there always seems to be one or two in the group that act as aggressors for whatever reason.
Looks like great fun. You really need to name them!
I always thought color coded vests would work nicely. We could easily tell them apart plus they would all look quite stylish.
Hahaha. They are indeed very comical, Phil. Thanks for the laugh. 🙂
I actually stand out there laughing out loud when these guys are at it. I feel I should pay an admission charge to the comedy show but luckily they perform for free. 🙂
Now I’m laughing at you laughing, Phil. Thanks for the mind’s eye picture. 🙂
I felt guilty for laughing at these guys! When obviously this drama is probably unsettling and causes them to be anxious! THey almost look like cartoons with their behavior. The fluffing and chasing is priceless!