Cattle Egret Dispute

Today’s post comes from my recent (February 2018) photo trip to Florida. While kayaking around Bird Island (a rookery near St. Petersburg), I captured a series of images of a couple of Cattle Egrets that were busy in a nesting territorial dispute on the island:

Cattle Egrets in a Dispute

Cattle Egrets in a Dispute

Cattle Egrets in a Dispute

During nesting season, you must always be ready for the unexpected. The cattle egret on the right was sitting in the trees of the rookery, when a second cattle egret (on the left) flew in to claim a nest spot. Apparently, the first egret thought his “neighbor” was infringing on his real estate! Note the buff colored head feathers … these two egrets were just coming into breeding plumage.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D Mark II body
  • Canon 100-400mm f/4.5 – f.5.6 IS lens, shot at 210mm
  • Handheld from a kayak, with IS “On”, from my kayak
  • ISO 400
  • Aperture f/5.6
  • Shutter 1/2000 sec.



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