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During a recent dusk trip to the wetlands, aΒ Great egret preened…extensively…in a rookery, in preparation of the night. And human males complain of women’s bedtime preparations.

Preening Great egret in the Florida wetlands: Where are you…




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  1. Bravo!!

    September 19, 2012
  2. Wonderful shots of this beauty! They do seem to spend quite a lot of time preening don’t they?

    September 19, 2012
    • Thanks so much! Oh seriously… I gave up after a half-hour, and s/he had been at it for long before then. Heh! πŸ™‚ I need to learn something from that. Time for a massage?

      September 19, 2012
      • I just spent about 45 mins. sitting on hard ground where I was set up on a GBH waiting for him to snag a fish. And what did he do mostly the entire time?! Preened. Yup. Fish were banging into his feet there were so many around bu the caught zero fish. I got some arty portrait pics that I might post anyway but ended up with mostly a sore rump. 😦 ;-(

        September 19, 2012
      • Hahahah! Oh nooo… Well, that sounds like me. Except I’m not usually sitting (for fear of gators) for long amounts of time, hah! But with this guy/girl, I stood for a half-hour, and I actually got a sunburn. Really? At dusk?

        That’s great there were fish everywhere, and he couldn’t be bothered! So spoiled.

        September 20, 2012
  3. You know, I’ve seen flamingos, geese, etc., tuck their heads under their wings while napping. I wonder if egrets due that too?

    September 19, 2012
    • Honestly, I’ve seen them at rest in different poses… But I’ve definitely seen them tucked in like that, too!!

      September 19, 2012
  4. marialla #


    September 19, 2012
    • Hee….! You’re absolutely CORRECT!! πŸ™‚

      September 19, 2012
  5. Too cute, enjoyed your post one more time. Keep up the great work!

    September 19, 2012
    • Thanks so very much for your kind words! I love these guys… I’ll wait with them as long as it takes, hee!

      September 20, 2012
  6. Your wildlife shots are amazing – great lightning ones, too, in an earlier post.

    September 19, 2012
    • Thanks so very much! I wish I could have snagged more lightning images…alas, the rain was getting to me. πŸ™‚

      September 20, 2012
  7. Such a beautiful bird and so similar to the herons I see here…You can really see those eyes which always look so serious to me…Thank you so much for joining into Nature Notes…Those blog is loaded with good information and photos…Michelle

    September 19, 2012
    • I love our herons and egrets, I’m always fascinated by their eyes β€” and wait till breeding time, when they really come alive!

      I love your site, and the wealth of info therein β€” such a wonderful resource! πŸ™‚

      September 20, 2012
  8. AMAZING Capture – thanks for sharing:)

    September 20, 2012
    • Thanks so very much! It was a great time of the night, and a fun pose. πŸ™‚

      September 20, 2012
  9. (He) looks sooo shiny. awesome picks and shoots. thank YOU for sharing.

    September 21, 2012
    • Hee, thanks so much! He SHOULD be shiny, after that much time preening! πŸ™‚

      September 21, 2012
      • yes, that s right
        πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

        September 21, 2012
  10. What a beautiful set of photos. It does take patience, and a little luck, to get such marvelous shots. Hee’s a weird question from someone who doesn’t know – do they preen one another, or just ignore the feathers they can’t get to, like on their neck?

    September 21, 2012
    • Thanks so much!

      That’s not a weird question at all… Very funny, but I’ve NEVER seen the Great egrets preening each other. I *have* seen the Great blues preen each other, though. I’m going to keep an eye on the egrets during breeding / nesting season, though.

      Usually during this time, their necks are pretty dirty! Sometimes I think they’re hurt, but nope… it’s just wetland/swamp grime! Not able to access those spots, heh.

      September 22, 2012
  11. I can’t get over those beautiful feathers!

    September 21, 2012
    • Just magnificent, aren’t they? No wonder they were hunted mercilessly. But they do look so much better on the animals themselves…

      September 22, 2012
  12. Always love the contrast of the pure white, dark legs, and orange bill. Looking at the two shots reminds me of the transformers my grandkids love so much. (grin)

    September 24, 2012
    • Heh heh! Sometimes shooting them in the rookeries can be tough… What gets me is how much their legs look like the tree branches!

      Not these guys, but the great blues, my guy calls “things from ‘Mimic’.” When they huddle over a certain way, they really do have that appearance. Uncanny.

      September 25, 2012

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