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Snowy Egrets size up an interloper

It never fails. You stake out a nice, quiet spot of beach to enjoy some fishing and time with the family. Along comes someone you have never seen before and despite having plenty of beach they could have to themselves, they insist on staking out a spot right among your gathering. So frustrating! 😉

There were about a dozen Snowy Egrets at this suburban pond, enjoying a nice evening. Along game this massive Great Blue Heron that decided to crash their party. The much smaller egrets weren’t quite sure how to handle the squatter and in the end, let the big guy keep the spot while they moved elsewhere.

A trio of Snowy Egrets try to decide what to do about a Great Blue Heron that has taken over their beach. (© Tony’s Takes)

A trio of Snowy Egrets try to decide what to do about a Great Blue Heron that has taken over their beach. (© Tony’s Takes)

A two-fer of Snowy Egrets

Flipping through some old pics and I came across this series from back in May that I never shared any images from. I was actually at this spot to take pictures of my ballet princess but admit I was a bit distracted by these white ones. Thankfully my daughter granted me a few minutes leave to grab my big lens and snap off a few of them.

During the summer these birds are pretty common in Colorado but they also are skittish so I don’t normally get captures of them. On this day, a half dozen of them were hanging out on a pond in Adams County, Colorado. They will spend their winters in Mexico.

A pair of Snowy Egrets keeps watch on a pond in Adams County, Colorado.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A pair of Snowy Egrets keeps watch on a pond in Adams County, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Snowy Egret fluffs up, takes flight

A fun little sequence of images I captured of this beautiful bird as it hung out along the South Platte River. During the summer these guys are pretty common in Colorado but they also are skittish so I don’t normally get captures of them.

I spotted this one from a good ways away and tried a stealthy approach through some tall grass, staying hunched down to get a closer vantage point. It didn’t work as well as planned because it definitely knew I was there and took off almost immediately.

A puffed up Snowy Egret on a rock in the South Platte River. (© Tony’s Takes)

A puffed up Snowy Egret on a rock in the South Platte River. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Snowy Egret takes flight along the South Platte River. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Snowy Egret takes flight along the South Platte River. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Snowy Egret takes flight along the South Platte River. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Snowy Egret takes flight along the South Platte River. (© Tony’s Takes)

Snowy Egret takes to the air

I find these birds to be one of the truly beautiful ones in Mother Nature. Their white plumage, bright yellow feet, bills and eyes really make them unique in appearance and they are very graceful in action.

Here we see one that was in Denver City Park at a rookery on an island there. It pushes off of its perch and takes to the air with little effort.

Scroll down to view the entire gallery of images from the day including the full launch sequence.

A Snowy Egret prepares to take flight at Denver City Park. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Snowy Egret prepares to take flight at Denver City Park. (© Tony’s Takes)

Snowy Egret in flight

These birds are nothing short of beautiful.  They are resplendent in their all-white feathers and the bright yellow eyes and feet help set it off.  This was taken at Denver City Park this past week where a number of these have nests in a rookery that also has Cormorants and Heron.

A Snowy Egret performs a beautiful flyby.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A Snowy Egret performs a beautiful flyby. (© Tony’s Takes)

Juvenile heron and egret have a disagreement

With the heat of summer settling in, my after work photo excursions have been limited as the wildlife hides from the hot temperatures.  Today, instead, I spent my lunch hour at Denver City Park with these beautiful birds.

In this sequence, a juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron doesn’t want to share its spot of the pond with a similarly young Snowy Egret. Mama Egret swoops in though and sets the young ones straight. It was a lot of fun to watch.

A juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron tries to ward off a young Snowy Egret.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron tries to ward off a young Snowy Egret. (© Tony’s Takes)

A juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron tries to ward off a young Snowy Egret.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron tries to ward off a young Snowy Egret. (© Tony’s Takes)

Mama egret arrives and shows the young one who's boss.  (© Tony’s Takes)

Mama egret arrives and shows the young one who’s boss. (© Tony’s Takes)

Mama Snowy Egret keeps watch on the young ones. (© Tony’s Takes)

Mama Snowy Egret keeps watch on the young ones. (© Tony’s Takes)

With an adult around, the young heron behaves itself. (© Tony’s Takes)

With an adult around, the young heron behaves itself. (© Tony’s Takes)

Snowy Egret flies into the morning sun

Not far into my photo drive yesterday I was going down one of my favorite dirt roads where I typically see a lot of raptors. Much to my surprise, I instead spotted a pair of Snowy Egrets flying over. Slammed on my brakes and hopped out managing only a couple of fleeting images.

These birds are members of the heron family and are typically found in shallow water areas. Here in Colorado they are only here along the Front Range during the summer. In winter they migrate to Mexico.

A Snowy Egret in flight is lit by the early morning sun.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A Snowy Egret in flight is lit by the early morning sun. (© Tony’s Takes)