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PIC OF THE WEEK: 05/12/14 • PREVIOUS WEEKNEXT WEEKALL 2014 PICS

Bird Pic Of The Week

Great Egret

(Ardea alba)

Where: Orlando, FL • Gatorland • 14501 South Orange Blossom Trail • www.gatorland.com

Notes: The courtship behaviors of our larger wading birds has intrigued me ever since visiting the Great Blue Heron nesting colony in Richmond, Virginia for the first time. There is an amazing presentation of unique actions that are only performed at such an event: displaying, location picking, courtship, mating, retrieving material, nest building and feeding to name a few. Since some of the nests are farther along than others, thus varies the activity. Depending on the time of year, nests might either have eggs being laid or incubated, others might have newborn to larger chicks, yet still others well behind the curve, may still be engaged in nest construction, all at the same time. Fortunately at the Orlando, Florida rookery, the location of this mated pair was at just the right distance for an intimate shot of the stick handling behavior. With each small branch brought to the nest there is a celebrated exchange. The male typically retrieves the nest material and presents it to the female, who waits at the nest. Nearly each and every twig’s arrival is greeted with a display of raised head, neck and quill feathers. The pair might also point their beaks skyward in unison and the male will occasionally preen the female’s back feathers. Then the female takes full charge of the reception and placement of the new material. Even if the male tries to show her where he thinks it should go, she will invariably place it where it fits her desired positioning. This goes on and on for each of the hundreds and hundreds of sticks collected for each nest.

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Equipment: Canon EOS 5D Mark III • Canon 600mm f-4 Prime USM L Series Lens • Gitzo 3531LS Tripod • Wimberly Head WH-101

Exposure: Shutter Speed = 1/4000 second • Aperture = f-5.6 • Exposure Mode = Aperture Priority • Focus Mode: One Shot • Lens (Focal) Length = 600 mm • ISO = 125 • Aprox. Camera Distance = ~30 Feet • Date Shot: 04-10-14

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