in full courtship display,
dance on the top of tall thorn trees,
and sing their peculiar courtship songs.
They seem to get ignored a lot,
but their efforts must work,
judging by the hundred or so tree-top nesting females.
Egrets dance, sing, and nest, on trees with formidable thorns, to keep less talented predators away.
I found this recording on you tube of the egret’s most peculiar courtship song. It is much louder in person with many birds courting, dancing and singing, at the same time. ( Thank you Kim DeGiulio Goecke, who I do not know, who accurately recorded their songs):
Cheers to you from the dancing and singing tree-top birds~
225 thoughts on “Tree-top Dancers~”
Such elegant birds! The call sound like they’re saying something.
It does. It sounds like they are saying, “I know that,” over and over! 😉
Here’s to the the egrets strutting their feathers and doing their dance!
Yes, exactly. Prost to them დ
A Russian ballet … but what elegance, I am totally in love, nature has its surprises in store for us
thank you for your photos, it’s beautiful!🕊🌷
Awww, your thoughtful comment makes me very happy I posted. Thank you & cheers to you დ
What a funny babble from these magical creatures! 🙂 🙂
It kinda adds to this mysterious aura about them, doesn’t it….. Cheers to you Jo დ
What delicate feathers, so beautiful. Lovely dance costume!
So happy you enjoyed them, and yes, perfectly designed costume, made just for them! დ
such a beautiful bird Cindy and you captured them so well in their element!
Thanks much my friend & cheers! დ
How wonderful to see them..
Very pleased you enjoyed them Athira & thank you დ
Ich kenne nur den Silberreiher, der seit neuester Zeit auch bei uns in Mittteleuropa vorkommt (Klimawandel lässt grüssen!) und den ich in den Siebziger Jahren nur im Süden beobachten konnte.
Ja, das bedeutete ja fast viel Arbeit, um die hundert Schneeweibchen zufrieden zu stellen. 😉
Liebe Grüsse zu Dir. Ernst
Wir haben auch hier den Silberreiher und sie tauchen oft an der Haustür auf! Sie sind majestätische Vögel und ausgezeichnete Jäger. Prost auf dich Ernst und hoffe dir geht es gut, mein Freund დ
We have egrets living in the orchard across from us but I have never seen them dance like that. So cool.
Happy you enjoyed and lucky you to have them living so close. They are such fun birds to observe დ
They are a beautiful bird Cindy. And they can even sing better than me 😀 ❤️ 🙏🏽 🦋 😂 🤣
I can sing better, but they would blow me away on the dance floor ;)😂 🤣
Those fine fellahs could certainly seduce me!
I won’t tell them. It would probably go to their heads…… 😉
A wonderful set, Cindy, with an amusing call
It is lucky they dance so well cuz they might have trouble singing for a living! 😉 Cheers to you Derrick დ
Anonymous is Derrick 🙂
Wonderful photos of gorgeous birds Cindy
Thank you sincerely Sheree. Most appreciated დ
Wonderful images Cindy, so lovely to see the dance 💗
Very pleased you enjoyed them & thank you for letting me know დ
They look like angels!
Maybe they are!! დ
Thats a lovely thought!
Yes, live with sNOw EGRETS! Absolutely stunning, my friend! ʚ(•”̮•)ɞ ϵ( ‘◇’ )϶ ʚ(ȉˬȉ⁎)ɞ˒˒
ʚ(•”̮•)ɞ ϵ( ‘◇’ )϶ ʚ(ȉˬȉ⁎)ɞ˒˒ back 2UX2! ʚ(•”̮•)ɞ ϵ( ‘◇’ )϶ ʚ(ȉˬȉ⁎)ɞ˒˒
Wow so beautiful!
So happy you think so & cheers to you დ
They’re so beautiful when they’re fluffed up!
Now we know where the phrase, “ruffled his feathers,” comes from. Who knew it was a good thing!!! 😉
Cindy, thank you for these beautiful photographs and I love the sound they make. They sound happy to me. Xx
I love you for loving the sound and for hearing their happiness and I think you are right! They seemed quite content to me დ
They are so lovely!
They are, thank you Lynette დ
Well that call was nothing like I expected. I am impressed this gangly creature does his “dance” up in the branches of the trees!
They look gangly on land and graceful in the treetops, but the calls are something truly specially strange!! 😉
These are outstandingly beautiful photographs – wonderful to see them.
Awww, honored. Thank you Anne დ
This is the first time I see these birds. They are beautiful. 🙂
I am so happy to introduce you and very pleased you like them დ
Thanks, Cindy, for the pictures and the interesting info as well as the video.
You are most welcome my friend & I am happy you enjoyed დ
At first I read that as “Tree-tap Dancers.
I am sure they can do a bit of soft shoe too. 🙂
I bet they definitely could!!! 😉
These photos are just incredible, and I enjoyed learning more about these birds I’ve always been drawn to. They’re even more beautiful close-up! I listened to the recording, and the birds really sound like they’re talking!
They probably are talking. We are finally learning that ‘bird brained’ means preternaturally smart დ
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Lovely to meet you Jiya and happy you enjoyed the birds დ
<3 The birds were beautiful it was the way you captured it <3
They look magical!
They do, don’t they! Like tree fairies დ
Merci beaucoup mon ami დ
Lovely fotos of wonderful an special birds. I have never seen them in nature. Thank you.
I am so pleased to make the introduction & very happy you enjoyed them Marie დ
Birds know how to wear feathers! დ
And how to flock together!😁
MAGNIFICENT, Cindy. What gorgeous photos of some spectacular birds!
So appreciated! Thank you for taking the time to tell me & cheers to you დ
That’s quite a display. Excellent shots.
Thank you Timothy & cheers დ
Cindy, you captured the beauty of the feathery tree-top dancers so well. I have never seen these egrets before. They are truly remarkable birds.
Awww, I am so happy to make the introduction Peter and pleased you enjoyed them დ
Great stuff. We see egrets in Oregon, but they’re usually on their way to somewhere else. Probably a place that has thorn trees.
Laughing……Thorn Birds! 😉
How beautiful, you captured their courtship so well, Cindy!
Aww…thank you Ally & cheers to you my friend დ
Always a pleasure, my friend. xx
Gosh, they are a gorgeous bird… love their almost comical call. 🙂 They must be very talented dancers with perfect landings to avoid those thorn daggers… they look lethal!
Those are predator deflecting thorns. Smart of the birdies to build their nests in the midst of them დ
While they look like the most gorgeous prima ballerinas, they do not sound anything like the finest opera singers 😂😂😂 Thank you for the beauty and the laugh, Cindy!
Smiling. You are most welcome Teresa. They definitely could try out for The Bolshoi, but they should give The Met a pass 😉
Brilliant Captures 🕊📸
Honored. Thank you very much დ
I love their lacy feathers and plum! I bet it’s wonderful to see their mating display in person. Their mating songs sound like a babbling baby! Thanks for a delightful post and smile to start my day Cindy. 😃
They make truly some of the oddest sounds I have ever heard, but they are so beautiful, it just adds to their appeal. So happy they made you smile Brad დ
Absolutely wonderful. So beautiful.
Awww….. I <3 my friends who <3 birdies დ
They are so beautiful! I love the stray feathers. So delicate.
Gives truth to the truism, “Soft as a feather!” They are beautiful aren’t they დ
Fascinating. You would think those thorns would be hard on their feet!
Amazing they can dance around them isn’t it! დ
Birds are! Thank you Rosaliene დ
Some excellent photos Cindy. One of them they almost look like cotton balls.
Yes. They look like gentle, soft, lace დ
Aren’t they wonderful. Happy you enjoyed them დ
Gorgeous birds, plumes and “lace”. But the sound…:-D
Rather discordant with the delicate imagery isn’t it! 😉
Made me smile…:-D
Me 2 🙂
Magical! Thanks for sharing, Cindy.
Thank you more for appreciating the birdies Bette & cheers to you my friend დ
On anyone else, it’d be a bad hair day. On them, it looks elegant.
Where did you get these shots?
Sort of the Helena Bonham Carter hairdo appeal 😉 I took these in unincorporated north eastern San Diego County დ
Merci beaucoup mon ami Sharon დ
Thank you, Cindy for more beautiful photographs!
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You are so welcome Charles. I am touched by your kind thoughtfulness my friend and happy you enjoyed these dancing beauties დ
Wow Cindy, these photos are amazing! Did you have a treetop roost yourself to get them? Such beautiful birds.
Amazing photos. ❤
Thank you my friend & be well დ
They are soooo beautiful – like Ballet Dancers…
Have a wonderful spring time and stay safe, dear Cindy!
They are incredible. I even like their distinctive atonal, loud mating calls. Thank you, and stay safe and well დ
It’s beautiful, is this a photo in a nature reserve?
It should be, but it is not a native bird or native animal nature preserve. დ
Fantastic shots of their feathers!
Thank you Kerry. The feathers look so far superior on the birds that own them, don’t they, then on all the people who historically have wore them დ
That is so true, Cindy. Fur looks much better on foxes too.
Wow so beautiful, lucky you Cindy!
Yes. I was so lucky to see them დ
There is so much to know about these tree-top dancers. They have a language, a community, a way of connecting with their world where they are one with nature. You have captured a special moment – one that reminds us to find a way to give back to nature.
You and I, Rebecca are, as usual, in accord. How cool is that! დ
Love the title, the post and naturally, the photography. Bravo!
Ahhh, honored. I am so lucky to know people like you. Stay well დ
Cindy, thank you. There is beauty everywhere if we only look. Enjoy the weekend and photography! oxox დ
Yes indeed. Beauty is everywhere, waiting to be discovered დ
Have a good week. oxox
🙂 🙂 oxox
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After a hard day it is always a good idea to end with something beautiful and as always Cindy Knoke provides the perfect images to enjoy…snowy egrets.. stunning photography as always
You are a person who never fails to make my heart smile Sally. Thank you my friend & be well დ
Beautiful birds Cindy.. so entertaining too… thanks for sharing ♥
Thank you for stopping by Sally & cheers to you my friend დ
These are magnificent photos! So remarkable and I am simply entranced…. wow, aren’t they beautiful? How amazing is it that such big birds nest in trees? I understand the thorny trees for nest protection… but can’t help wondering about getting poked! Lovely post, as always!
Awww, loved reading that you were are awed by them as I. Cheers to you & thank you დ
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Grazie mille დ
I feel like I am at a Venetian masked ball! 🙂 Thank you for sharing this wonderful impression. I never had seen before. How are you? I hope you had a wonderful Easter celebrations, staying well and save. I have to apologize again! Have a beautiful weekend! Michael
They do look like Venetian dancers! Wishing you a safe and happy week Michael დ
Yeah, thats true, Cindy! Thank you for sharing again. Have a lovely week too. I am sure you will have, in the paradise there. 🙂 Michael
Too beautiful for words 🙂
Much appreciated! Thank you Kakshmi დ
A nest among thorny trees and feathers that defy beauty. Two opposites that work together.
A refuge among the thorns! დ
Their white feathers moving as they dance look like filmy wedding veils! Of course these are on the males, but still so appropriate! Thanks for such beautiful photos to brighten our days!
Ahhh, your kind comment brightened my day Kathy, so thank you! დ
Very few birds do mating rituals as well. 🙂 Great photos, Cindy. –Curt
True. They are highly skilled maters 😉 😉
They look amazing…so…so beautiful Cindy.❤
So happy you like them & thanks for stopping by დ
Terrific photos Cindy… and thanks for the recording, I’ve never heard that before…
You are most welcome! There mating songs are music that only a interested heron truly appreciates 😉
They’re beautiful, Cindy. It looks like they’re wearing lace and good singers too 😉 Pawkisses for a Happy Day🐾😽💞
They are both talented and good looking!!! 😉
Such gorgeous creatures, Cindy! I understand the rationale of nesting among thorny trees, but as a mom myself, I think I’d prefer surrounding my wee ones with something softer and more comfy!
I hear you and they agree with you! I didn’t include photos of the nests. They pluck out their downy feathers and make these super-comfy down nests protected all around by thorns. Comfort and security conscious mamas!! 😉 დ
They’re not inconspicuous at all I wonder if their lack of camouflage puts them in danger. Great photographs Cindy I hope that you are well.
Good question. They are preyed upon by animals like raptors, ravens, poisonous snakes, coyotes, foxes and raccoons. I would guess that nesting on the tops of very tall trees, covered in thorns, in large groups, helps protect them from many of these. These are very large birds, with lethal beaks, long talons, and a snake like neck. They are predator birds and kill to live. They can defend themselves. The nests would be vulnerable to raptors and ravens though. Once we had a wildlife rescue woman come to The Holler to rescue a Great White Heron, a bird similar to Snowy Herons, but twice the size. I had to help and was significantly intimidated by the long sharp beak which the heron uses like a dagger with the full force of it’s strong neck. I was warned that in defense, they aim for the eyes.
Very interesting thank you Cindy. Actually in karate we were taught if trapped in a neck lock, twist your head if you can towards your assailant’s elbow, elbow their ribs, or go for the eyes with your thumbs or grind your heel down their shins! 👀 👍🏻👎🏻 good to know pretty birds can look after themselves 😂
Agreed. My daughter is a black belt. Pretty birds do need to look after themselves!! დ
Ah so you’ll know the move I mean. My Dad was very keen on us all doing marshal arts especially when my brother started to get bullied at High School, so he enrolled us all, did your daughter do competitions? I used to love rolling up with my hair in bunches looking like I wouldn’t hurt a fly 👧🏼. I know the first rule though – avoid – or run away as fast as you can if you are able.
Nature like this always brings a smile .., and a deep exhale of gratitude and release❤️
Your kind comment made me smile Val. Cheers to you my friend დ
Graceful Bird! And what a hairstyle… 🙂
Thank you Alexander…..Maybe this is why people put feathers in their hats. They are trying to look as pretty as birds! 😉
Exquisite captures and post. Their breeding plumage is beautiful beyond words. Best, Babsje
Awwww….Your very thoughtful words make me glad I posted. Thank you & cheers to you დ
Such amazing images. Elegant indeed
Merci beaucoup mon ami! დ
I love those fluffy, whimsical, flyaway feathers!
Aren’t they wonderful! I am glad you do დ
So beautiful! I don’t get to see snow egret often at all.
So happy you like them Amy დ
These birds are beautiful. The thorns look so dangerous yet they nest on top of it. Amazing! Thank you Cindy for sharing. The song sounds like they are speaking a language.
Yes. Birds do seem to have their own complex languages. Thank you caring about them Beverly, and for stopping by here, and telling me
You are welcome
Yes. You are right. Birds have languages, which not everyone can hear. I am so glad that you can Beverly. Stay safe & well დ
You also. 🙂
Par ce message positif et amical je te souhaite une bonne semaine mon ami(e). Quoi que tu vives, quoi que tu fasses, dans chaque moment il se cache une raison d’être heureux
Merci Bernard. Restez en sécurité, bien et heureux.
Fabulous 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 I have never seen this Egret before.
So happy to make the introduction and hope all is well with you დ
How gorgeous these birds are in their breeding plumage Cindy, such beautiful captures. 🙂
Aren’t they lovely and delicate creatures. Thank you for your kind thoughts & cheers to you დ
beste Grüße im Wonnemonat Mai von mir zu dir, Klaus
Ich wünsche Ihnen einen schönen Mai, mein Freund Klaus. Ich hoffe es ist ein wundervoller Monat für dich! დ
I am honored you think so Daniel & thank you! დ
The birds are amazing. The feathers look so white, so perfect. It gives a pretty great inspiration.
I am glad it gives you great inspiration. It does the same for me დ
What beautiful feathers! Beautiful photos too Cindy.
Honored. Thank you Helene დ
sei herzlich gegrüßt von mir.
Ich wünsche Ihnen Gesundheit und Glück, mein Freund. დ
Ahhh!! I love birds! This was refreshing!
I <3 people who <3 birds! დ