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Great Egrets -A Tale of Two Egrets in Louisiana

In the spring of 2008 I was permitted to photograph a small rookery in Louisiana. It is in a swamp with beautiful moss covered cypress trees and sweet tupelo gum trees. Birds nest in rookeries because there is safety in numbers and there are as many as six nests in one tree.
It did not take long to recognize two very special egrets, more beautiful and majestic than all the egrets in the rookery. Their nest is at least 20 feet off the ground and 20 feet out over the swamp.
This gallery is a photojournal of the egrets whom I have named Scheherazade and Needlenose.
Needlenose has a very distinct nostril, larger and clearer than any I have seen.
Theirs is a love story, let's pretend.
Needlenose
Needlenose
Shy Scheherazade and Needlenose
Shy Scheherazade and Needlenose
Building a Nest
Building a Nest
Mating
Mating
Scheherazade and Needlenose
Scheherazade and Needlenose
Needlenose Hugs Himself with Pride as he Sees Eggs in the Nest
Needlenose Hugs Himself with Pride as he Sees Eggs in the Nest
Needlenose Preens Himself for all the Rookery to See
Needlenose Preens Himself for all the Rookery to See
Prominent Nostril - Needlenose
Prominent Nostril - Needlenose
t5%2f06%2f497506%2f4%2f99401856.JnO4QVXV.jpg Can It Be?
Can It Be?
Scheherazade and her chicks
Scheherazade and her chicks
The Family
The Family
Needlenose Brings a Fish to the Chicks
Needlenose Brings a Fish to the Chicks
Minding the Nest
Minding the Nest
Needlenose is Minding the Chicks While Their Mother is Hunting
Needlenose is Minding the Chicks While Their Mother is Hunting
The Babies of Scheherazade and Needlenose
The Babies of Scheherazade and Needlenose
Three Weeks Old
Three Weeks Old
Waiting for Food
Waiting for Food
The Chicks of Sheheherazade and Needlenose
The Chicks of Sheheherazade and Needlenose
Needlenose Arrives to Feed Chicks
Needlenose Arrives to Feed Chicks
Feeding Time
Feeding Time
The Chicks Are One Month Old and Have Stepped Out of the Nest
The Chicks Are One Month Old and Have Stepped Out of the Nest
Five Weeks Old and Flapping The Wings
Five Weeks Old and Flapping The Wings
This Is The Last Time I would See Them - July 29, 2008
This Is The Last Time I would See Them - July 29, 2008
The Nest is Empty, The Birds Are Gone - August 2, 2008
The Nest is Empty, The Birds Are Gone - August 2, 2008
And the Rookery  Becomes Quiet Again - Until Next Nesting Season
And the Rookery Becomes Quiet Again - Until Next Nesting Season