usually nest in colonies that are located in areas where woody vegetation, shrubs, and trees grow.
Among the popular varieties of migratory birds visiting this wetland are large cormorant, pond heron, great egret
and little egret.
They stay near mum for 40 days' This tiny Nile crocodile will stay close to its loving mum for at least two years' The great egret
has up to five eggs.
Scientists have known for years, for example, that great egret
chicks peck their youngest sibling to death and even toss it over the side of the nest.
In the latest survey, conducted on May 2, the number of great egret
nests decreased slightly from 185 to 181, and the number of black-crowned night-heron nests dropped from 67 to 48, compared to the survey conducted in May 2012.
Larger than any other heron except the Great Blue, the Great Egret
is making a strong recovery from historic times when it was killed for its beautiful white plumes.
The great egret
was one of the birds that were being hunted to extinction to decorate hats before the society was formed in 1905 to protect egrets and other birds.
At Audubon Canyon Ranch's Bolinas Lagoon Preserve, June is the perfect month for a bird's-eye view into the life cycle of the magnificent great egret
I saw this great egret
(at right) at Leffis Key, stalking baitfish in a sheltered lagoon.
The following bird taxa were regularly observed to take crawfish during the course of this study: Pied-billed Grebe, Neotropic Cormorant, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Egret
, Snowy Egret, Little Blue-Heron, White Ibis, White-faced Ibis, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, Ring-billed Gull, Laughing Gull, Forster's Tern, and Belted Kingfisher.
A Great egret
, frilly breeding plumes cascading down its back like a bride's train, glides down to an alligator hole at Everglades National Park in Florida.
These were the Double-crested Cormorant, Neotropic Cormorant, Great Egret
, Snowy Egret and Blackbellied Whistling-Duck.
Number of Order Species individual Podicipediformes (9) Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus 7 podiceps) Podicipedidae (unidentified species) 1 Pelecaniformes (3) Magnificent Frigatebird (Fregata magnificens) 1 Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga) 2 Ciconiiformes (18) Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 1 Great Egret
A majestic great egret
held court on the pond bank.
Comparing the latest survey, conducted on May 2, to the survey conducted on June 28, 2011, the number of great egret
nests increased from 103 to 185, and the number of double-crested cormorant nests increased from 127 to 188.