White Rock lake, lower spillway steps
6 part behavior series
1. Snowy egrets are very territorial and usually don't share very well. I was surprised to find 4 of them sharing this fishing spot. I should have know, the peace didn't last very long.
2. The peace does not last for long. A bully runs one of the other birds off.
3. Once the bully had run the one birds out of the fishing spot, the three snowies returned their attention to the fishing while the odd man out looked on from afar.
4. Next thing I saw was the odd bird out starting to tip toe back down to the waters edge. It looked really funny.
5. The other 3 birds are too intent on their fishing to notice the 4th bird is sneaking back in.
6. Once again all four are fishing together but the body language of the bully suggests it won't last long.
The snowy egret (Egretta thula) is a small white heron. The genus name comes from the Provençal French for the little egret Aigrette, a diminutive of Aigron," heron". The species name thula is the Araucano for the Black-necked Swan, applied to this species in error by Chilean naturalist Juan Ignacio Molina in 1782.