Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) and Great Egret (Ardea alba)

Recently we saw a Great Blue Heron attacking a nearby night heron, a gull, and a cormorant, even though these birds were no threat to it whatever. Here by contrast the Great Egret and its smaller cousin, the Snowy Egret, stay tightly focused on their business and don’t get distracted by nearby birds, even noisy ones. Here a Snowy Egret stalks within a few feet of a poised Great Egret. They ignore one another. Then a couple of American Crows come hopping on the rocks within pecking distance of each egret — and don’t merit even a glance. A gull comes cruising in behind the big egret with an eye on thievery, and also gets ghosted. The Great Blue would have gone ballistic. These egrets are perfectly capable of inflicting mayhem with their beaks. They just choose to stay focused and not sweat the small stuff.

The sound track here was awful with loud people yakking in the background and bursts of wind noise, so I spliced in a meaningless tune. Apologies.

Snowy Egret, Great Egret, Western Gull

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