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    Default Life In The Louisiana Rookeries

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    I visited a few Louisiana rookeries in late April. I thought I'd share some of the behavior I observed.

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    These are Snowy Egrets after a tussle for territory. No real harm done except the pond was being patrolled by a 12 foot alligator - the bird did not stay in the water long.

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    This is a Roseate Spoonbill bringing a stick back the nest. I didn't see this behavior often from the Roseates as they could be seen stealing the sticks from smaller birds' nests such as Little Blue Herons and Cattle Egrets.

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    The birds would sometimes spot sticks in the water and make a go for it. This Great Egret tried for this large stick but dropped it before making it to the nest.

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    Great Egret feeding young. This image shows two of the chicks which appear well fed. Not pictured is a hidden third chick in the nest which appears malnourished. My understanding is that it is unusual for more than two chicks to survive.

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    Here is a Cormorant bringing in a branch. I read that their nest is constructed first of bare twigs then leafy branches so this bird's nest must be near completion.

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    Hello Allen!
    Amazing avian sightings beautifully captured! Love the behaviour aspect of each frame as well as the quality of the images

    I truly enjoyed reading the intro with information. We have Great Egrets and Cormorants here but I personally have not had that many opportunities to observe and photograph them. I like the entire sequence as presented. I must admit I cannot take my eyes off the roseate spoonbill whose colours are simply amazing:)
    Beautifully framed and executed - wonderful work, Allen! Nice processing too, congratulations, heartfelt thanks for sharing

    Warmest regards,
    Gabriela Plesea

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