Snowy Egrets Take Center Stage

Even though there were four different kinds of herons in the Santa Rosa Rookery, the Snowy Egrets took center stage, and not only because there seemed to be far more of them than any other species. They were quite territorial.  Although they left the much larger Great Egrets alone, they seemed to try to intimidate everyone else, including other Snowy Egrets.

That turned out to be a good thing for photographers like myself because their feathers certainly stood on end when another heron came near.

I managed so many good shots that the hardest part was deciding which shots to save.

Although I never saw a Snowy Egret attack another heron with their beak, they repeatedly chased off birds that came too close their nesting site.

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