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AFFECTION ~ EXPLORE | by Richard Terpolilli
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AFFECTION ~ EXPLORE

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Great Egrets usually pair for life. During breeding season males and females develop a delicate

cloak of long feathers on their backs, as seen in previous images. They nest in colonies together

in both freshwater wetlands, and salt water marshes; building nests in trees and reed beds.

 

Usually three eggs, bluish-green in color are laid. Both parents take turns to incubate the eggs

and feed the chicks. Strangely Great Egret parents allow their chick to squabble over food. Often

the strongest chick survives during this scrum. This chicks also have an unfortunate tendency of

climbing out of their nest, and often fall prey to predators. Great Egrets reach maturity in two years

and can live for twenty two years.

 

ISO 250

340mm

Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 lens

Nikon 1.7 tele convertor

+5ev

exposure 1/1000sec

  

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Taken on May 20, 2012