The rookery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center includes a large number of Great Egrets. These bird usually nest high in the canopy, and are even visible on some satellite imagery as small white dots on the tree tops.
There are lots of juvenile egrets at this time of year. It is hard to decide if these gangly young birds are cute or if they are ugly. Well, its not really that hard. Whatever the case, the are fun to watch, and they do a number of amusing things.
One example is when siblings become so eager to feed that they begin to confuse each other for adult birds. Baby egrets eat by inserting their beaks into the mouth of their parents in order to feed on regurgitation. Some of the following pictures illustrate two nestlings engaging in this same behavior with each other.
|Date||–||May 19, 2013|
|Time of Day||–||Midmorning|
|Type of Behavior||–||Care of Young, Nesting|