Catching Itself After Falling

A fledging snowy egret catches itself after a fall.
This fledgling snowy egret was trying to fly from branch to branch when I saw it fall. It successfully grabbed long stringy branches that hang down from the eucalyptus tree where they nest. It slowly made its way up to higher branches. I photographed this bird at the W. 9th St. rookery in Santa Rosa, CA.

Three Siblings

3 black crown herons
These three black crown herons chicks seem to be checking out the rest of the birds at the W. 9th St. rookery in Santa Rosa California.

A Family Portrait

three eyat egrets and one adult
This family of snowy egrets are in one of the W. 9th Street rookery’s eucalyptus trees. Santa Rosa, California.

Two Very Active Cattle Egret Chicks

A parent is not in the nest The nest is usually 7″ to 24″ across. I took this photo at the W. 9th St. rookery in Santa Rosa, CA.

“Mom, Happy Mother’s Day”

2 snowy egrets with their mother.
Two snowy egrets are in their nest with their mother. This photo was taken at the W. 9th Street rookery in Santa Rosa, California.

Black Crown Heron Demanding Food

Black Crown Heron hatchling demand food.
This chick is less than a week old, and is demanding. This photo was taken, at the W. 9th St. rookery in Santa Rosa, California.

Bird Behavior: Wanting More Food

Great Egret hatchling holding its parents head in its beak demanding more food.
As the hatchlings get older, they get more aggressive. This one is demanding more food by firmly holding its parent’s head in its beak. The photo was taken at the W. 9th St. rookery, Santa Rosa, CA

Snowy Egret Hatchlings

Snowy egret and hatchlings
This snowy egret hatchling is already testing its wings. It may only be a week or two old. the other hatchling is sticking its head out to the left of the adult bird. The photo was taken at the W. 9th St. rookery, Santa Rosa, CA

Protection

Great egret extending her wing over her hatchlings.
This is a similar photo published earlier. This one has the mother’s head turned to give her a greater connection to her hatchlings. This photo was taken at the W. 9th Street rookery, Santa Rosa, California.

results the Mating Ritual

two night herons mating
Following the mating ritual these two black crowned night herons mated. This photograph was taken at the 9th Street rookery, Santa Rosa, California

“I Want More Food!”

baby bird grabbing beak of its parent.
One of the hatchlings has grabbed its parent’s beak and seems to be demanding more food. The other parent is ready to fly away to leave the demanding baby to her mate. Photographed at the W. 9th Street rookery, Santa Rosa, California.

Testing Those Legs

Nestling testing its legs
Mama’s not looking as her hatchling is peering over the edge of the nest. It appears these babies are about two weeks old. Photo was taken at the W. 9th Street rookery in Santa Rosa, California.

Feeding Time

Great egret feeding a nestling
The father returned to the nest and began feeding one of the nestlings. Photographed at the W. 9th Street rookery, Santa Rosa, California.

Nestlings

Great Egret and two nestlings
A great egret and her two nestlings. Taken at the W. 9th St. rookery, Santa Rosa, California.

Conflict, Welcome or I want your attention?

two birds
By watching cow egrets and other bird behaviors, it appears that these two may be paired and one is greeting the other after returning. Although, it does appear that one is ignoring the other.

Long Neck

Night heron extending its neck.
We normally don’t see night herons extending their necks. This one makes me realize that this species of herons do have long necks. Taken at the W. 9th St. rookery, Santa Rosa, California. To know more about the habits of this bird go to the Audubon website, https://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/black-crowned-night-heron

Returning to the Nest

bird flying with stick back to its nest
W. 9th St. rookery in Santa Rosa, California

Bird Behavior

bird aggression
This snowy egret has chased the other bird away and is now showing an aggressive stance.

A Pair of Great Egrets Greeting Each Other

birds
W. 9th St. rookery in Santa Rosa, California

Nest Building

Snowy Egret flying with a stick in its beak.
Another in a series of egrets building their nests at the W. 9th St. rookery in Santa Rosa, California
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