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Old Jul 23, 2007, 5:04 PM   #1
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On a small island in a small lake in a small municipal park there is a breeding colony of Snowy Egrets which arenow fledging. I took these pictures in less than half an hour in the comparative quiet of the evening, not long before sunset, after the people had gone home, and rush hour traffic on the adjacent street had subsided.

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#1 The island (28 mm, 3 overlapping frames)
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Old Jul 23, 2007, 5:06 PM   #2
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#2 Fledglings sit around waiting to be fed
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#3 A few adults are present - most are out foraging
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#4 A fledgling Snowy Egrat and a juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron
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#5 A nestling Black-crowned Night Heron exercizing its wings, and a sibling below.


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Nice shots Penolta, I like the snowy adults with the plumage (right word?) sticking up on their heads. I don't think I have seen them look like that here in FL.

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Tim, the egrets use their plumes in courtship displays, pair-bonding, and aggression. I'm not sure what was going on here -- these two were in close proxmity to one another, but only one was looking at the other, and they did not interact while I was photographing them.

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a very nice series penolta. i don't have the Black-crowned Night Heron here but i do have a few Yellow-crowned Night Herons that visit often.. hopefully they will decide to move in.

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Thanks Roy, but be careful what you wish for. A group of Black-crowns set up a communal roost in a tree over the driveway of a friend of mine - they were terribly noisy and made a hell of a mess with their smelly droppings. Like most birds, theyhave double federal and stateprotection, and there was noting he could do about it but wait until they eventually left. Even though he and his wife are ardent conservationists, he and his neighbors were not happy campers! :angry:
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