**weekly wildlife 4-14, 4-20***

Started Apr 14, 2013 | Discussions thread
lehill
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Bad day for this Egret
In reply to steelhead3, Apr 15, 2013

Sony A77 + Sigma 150-500 w/ OS

I was shooting some Red-winged Blackbirds hanging out in a bush when a Great Egret wandered by foraging for food. The RWBs didn't like the intrusion and started harassing the Egret:

An Egret gets ruffled.

The poor Egret was chased off and this RWB sings a victory song. Note his foot looks deformed in some way. This seems to be some kind of poorly understood foot disease among birds that can eventually cause toes to fall off.

So the Egret tries another location and get the same treatment from a different set of RWBs:

Same Egret, different RWBs.

This goes on for a several minutes with the Egret standing his ground:

RWB taunts the Egret

But when the Mrs. joins in it's just too much for this Egret:

I give up!

He finally finds a spot where no one bothers him:

Peace at last.

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