Photo of the Day – April 26, 2017

Great Egret (Ardea alba)

Nesting season is in full swing in Moss Landing, CA. And it takes a lot of twigs to build a Great Egret’s nest of about three feet wide and one foot deep. On this Sunday morning a small group of us stood on a berm looking up at about 50 Egret, Heron and Cormorant nests high up in the trees.

There was a constant flurry of activity as the birds would fly down to a nearby tree, work to free a twig and carry it back to the nest. Once the eggs hatch the parents will focus their energy on hunting to feed their insatiable nestlings. In the springtime, a nesting bird’s work is never done. April 9, 2017

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