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Dueling Egrets | by Mike Forsman
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Dueling Egrets

Snowy Egrets

Egretta thula

 

Malibu Lagoon State Beach

 

On first impression one might attribute this confrontation to territoriality, competition for food, some kind of courting joust or ritual or maybe just establishing a pecking order. After observing for a while, however, I'll go with the more anthropomorphic explanation that the bird on the right is just a jerk. He was going from bird to bird, "attacking" them without apparent provocation, didn't seem to care if the victims left the immediate area or not.

 

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Taken on October 31, 2011