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~Snowy Egret~

Snowy Egret in breeding plumage
Snowy Egret in breeding plumage.

I don’t know why I left The Rookery with so few Snowy photos. The Neotropic Cormorants, Great Egrets and Roseate Spoonbills outnumbered the Snowy Egrets (while we were there). I don’t remember seeing that many Snowy Egrets.

I couldn't figure out what this one was doing; perhaps looking for another stick.
I couldn’t figure out what this one was doing; perhaps looking for another stick.

The Cormorants and the Great Egrets were well on their way to building their nests, sitting on them and a few had laid eggs, while the Snowy Egrets and the Spoonbills seemed to be just hanging out. I think the Spoonbills had just arrived at The Rookery. We were there on March 24, 2015 . I understand life there is hopping these days! What fun it would be to see the chicks!

A fussy Snowy
A dispute.
I guess the only thing he accomplished was to mess up his hair.
I guess the only thing he accomplished was to mess up his feathers.

Until next time…

I wish you good hair days!

I guess the only thing he accomplished was to mess up his hair.

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~Stewart for Wild Bird Wednesday at:

http://paying-ready-attention-gallery.blogspot.com/2015/04/wild-bird-wednesday-142-grey-heron.html

~Photo Play – Just the Right Stick~

Last Spring I introduced you to Mr. and Mrs. Roseate Spoonbill – Samuel and Rose, and to Mr. and Mrs. Great Egret – Eugene and Louise.

Well, guess what, they are back to entertain you in my “Just the Right Stick” photo play, which comes to you from The Rookery at Smith Oaks, High Island, Texas.

Here is Eugene, hunting for a stick, or so we think, to bring to his mate Jeez Louise. If you remember, Eugene calls her Jeez Louise, because she is never satisfied. Notice his complete focus throughout his endeavor.

Eugene tells Rose and Samuel, "I need to get to that stick over there."
Eugene tells Rose and Samuel, “I need to get to that stick over there.”
Eugene tells Samuel, "let me just reach over you for a better look at that stick."
Eugene tells Samuel, “Let me just reach over you for a better look.”
Rose, tells Samuel, "are you just going to let Eugene interrupt your grooming?"
Rose, tells Samuel, “Are you just going to let Eugene interrupt your nap and gosh he almost speared me with that long, ugly, pointed bill of his.”
Rose tells Samuel, "do something he is scaring me."
Rose tells Samuel, “Do something, Eugene is starting to scare me. Are you sure he is going after the stick and not Sam, Jr?”
"Samuel my sweetheart, that is a wonderful idea, push Eugene with your wing or just kick him!"
“Samuel my sweetheart, that is a wonderful idea, push Eugene with your wing or just kick him!”
"That worked Samuel, you are my hero."
“That worked Samuel, you are my hero. But wait, Eugene is now closer to Sam, Jr.” Samuel tells Rose, “I’ll just keep my wing spread out in case he decides to come back over here and Sam, Jr. will just have to fend for himself.”
Eugene says, "Sorry for my intrusion, but Louise wanted this stick."
Eugene says, “Sorry for my intrusion, but Louise wanted this stick. Oh, hi Sam I didn’t see you down there.”

 Until next time…..

"I better get this stick before Louise sends Eugene after it."
“I better get this stick before Louise sends Eugene after it.”

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~Charlotte for Feathers on Friday 

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~Eileen for Saturday Critters 

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~Great Egret~

 Great Egret in Breeding Plumage

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During mating season when the Great Egrets start to build their nests, I wonder how they go about choosing just the right stick. It is so much fun to watch them hunting for, choosing and then delivering to their mate, just the right one. I took these photos at The Rookery at Smith Oaks, High Island, Texas.

Until next time…

Keep Gathering!

Displaying its gorgeous feathers and looking over the nest.
Displaying its gorgeous feathers and looking over the nest.