June 12, 2014

The nest builder

We were told about a rookery of great egrets in Norfolk Virginia.

The directions included the standard " you can't miss it".
In this case it was true, at least 50 nests in several trees with an amazing number of egrets flying around.

Ardea alba.
The Great Egret is the symbol of the National Audubon Society, one of the oldest environmental organizations in North America. Audubon was founded to protect birds from being killed for their feathers.
The oldest known Great Egret was 22 years, 10 months old and was banded in Ohio.

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