Saturday, October 17, 2015

Reddish Egrets at Fort DeSoto - April 25, 2015

Last year I noticed that the white morph reddish egret was interested in the regular (dark morph) reddish egret.  This is the only place I have ever seen a white morph aside from Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary.  Last year I sort of guessed correctly the white one was the female, but this year I learned even more about the couple. 

The male put on quite a show bringing sticks to show the white female.  She ignored him a lot, but when he decided he has collected a good stick, he flew off with it back into the mangroves, presumably to add to a nest. 

The female also put on a show herself while she was searching for fish:

There was also a juvenile reddish egret, and a second adult further down the beach with the mix of other shore birds.  What a great day for reddish egrets!


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