Feb 13 2012

Walking on Air

Published by at 5:30 am under Beyond Bounds,Bird Behavior

This is what love does for a great egret.

In February the great egrets come back to the Alligator Farm in St. Augustine, Florida and begin a frenzy of spring cleaning.

Like all the males, this bird chose a nest platform and collected some sticks.  Then for a couple of days he stood on the platform and bowed and croaked and displayed his beautiful feathers to attract an unattached female.

Finally she landed but it took another couple of days for them to confirm, "You're the one!  Let's finish the nest."

Now he collects sticks and brings them back with a flourish, "For you, my dear."

He's found his mate and he's walking on air.

(photo by Chuck Tague)

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2 Responses to “Walking on Air”

  1. FOLKWAYS NOTEBOOKon 13 Feb 2012 at 3:06 pm

    Such gallantry — nice post. — barbara

  2. Darlene Sellerson 14 Feb 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Nice shot! It must have been nice to catch this bird’s business on video. Birds are amazing creatures.

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