Tree-top Dancers~

Snowy Egrets,

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~

  1. Ich kenne nur den Silberreiher, der seit neuester Zeit auch bei uns in Mittteleuropa vorkommt (Klimawandel lรคsst grรผssen!) und den ich in den Siebziger Jahren nur im Sรผden beobachten konnte.
    Ja, das bedeutete ja fast viel Arbeit, um die hundert Schneeweibchen zufrieden zu stellen. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Liebe Grรผsse zu Dir. Ernst

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    • Wir haben auch hier den Silberreiher und sie tauchen oft an der Haustรผr auf! Sie sind majestรคtische Vรถgel und ausgezeichnete Jรคger. Prost auf dich Ernst und hoffe dir geht es gut, mein Freund แƒ“

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  2. Yes, live with sNOw EGRETS! Absolutely stunning, my friend! สš(โ€ขโ€ฬฎโ€ข)ษž ฯต( โ€˜โ—‡โ€™ )ฯถ สš(ศ‰หฌศ‰โŽ)ษžห’ห’

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  3. 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!

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  4. Gosh, they are a gorgeous bird… love their almost comical call. ๐Ÿ™‚ They must be very talented dancers with perfect landings to avoid those thorn daggers… they look lethal!

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  5. 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. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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