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The rookery…

The eagles were my third stop the other day, and when they seemed to be staying on the far side of the nest I didn’t stick with them very long.  It was cold and windy, and I had another stop in mind before I went home.  The baby eagle in in the upper left corner of the second shot.  My only view of him that day.

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I wanted to stop to see what was happening at the rookery right in my neighborhood before I went home that day.  Last time I was there the weeds were so overgrown that you didn’t have a view, and there didn’t appear to be much to look at even if the weeds weren’t in the way.  Not so this time though, as you see in the feature photo.  Do the birds just wake up one morning and all decide to begin the nest building process?  I confess to playing favorites, I just love the beautiful egrets with their delicate feathers and the long graceful necks. This one arrived with a stick to work on the nest.02-03-20egret.jpg

I returned today hoping for more action.  When they are mostly sitting on eggs not a lot is going on.  Soon the fun will begin. 02-04-20fluff.jpg02-04-20fluff2.jpg02-04-20eggs.jpg02-04-20eggs2.jpg

See the eggs?  She looked like just a pile of feathers laying there, but then she got up and turned her eggs before she settled back on the nest.  The incubation period is 23 to 26 days, so my end of the month visitor is in for a treat!

And the Woodstorks far outnumber the egrets, these two were quite cosy.  they are fun to watch, and their babies are so comical looking.  Cuter than the egret chicks who are quite awkward looking.  Nature has a sense of humor.02-04-20duet2.jpg02-04-20duet.jpg

 

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