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Snowy Egret  Mating Display

Snowy Egret Mating Display (Egretta thula)

A male, Snowy Egret repeatedly jumping from the rail in front of a female. Caught in mid-air shortly before the female gave him the cold shoulder.
Coastal wetlands
Bolsa Chica Lagoon, Huntington Beach, Orange County, CA, USA
Date taken
Scientific name
Egretta thula
Equipment used
Nikon D70, 80-400VR
I'm not surprised she gave him the cold shoulder - not the prettiest of places to take her for a date ;)
Hey.... wait a minute!!!!! I took my WIFE there!... :)

Actually, this is a great place for bird observation. After the construction is completed (Seen going on in the background), the lagoon wil increase in size dramatically. When seen from a normal perspective, the wooden walkways are quite nice. The compressed perspective of the long lens does give it a rather ramshackled appearance, doesn't it?
Jimmy, your image with the closed sign in the background of the Egret's mating dance is funny. I took my girlfriend to that same location. I too was shutdown, but she liked that place.
Thanks to all for comments thus far and to come. I really appreciate your kind words & critiques, as well.
Beautiful capture!!! I've been hoping to see an Egret mating display one day, the Greater Egrets walk about with their bridal veils hanging down, but I've never been in the right place at the right time to see what they do with them.

I'm sorry for this poor fellow, but the photo was taken over a year ago - perhaps he's been successful since. It seems a lot of effort if you're going to be turned down.
Thanks so much Rose. I really was surprised to se this dispolay of these Snowy Egrets. Most of the time, capturing good action wildlife shots is 99% luck.

I guess I have a lot in commmon with this guy as you state. Sometimes the effort pays off, though. :)

Happy birding

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