Thursday, April 2, 2009

Egret

This is another typical Tortuguero scene, with water, a dense jungle, and an egret. Egrets like to stalk their prey at the water's edge. Egrets and herons make up the heron family. There are 58 species of herons, 15 of which live in Costa Rica.

Most birds in the heron family will live in monogomous pairs, with the male bringing sticks to the female, and the female building the nest. Both will sit on the eggs, which are laid with 3 to 7 at a time. The eggs take between 16 and 30 days to hatch, and both parents feed the chicks for 35 to 50 days until they can leave the nest and take care of themselves.

6 comments:

Sharon said...

Beautiful shot. I love the ripply reflection in the water.

brattcat said...

That heron is such a pure white. And I too love those ripples. They really add depth and texture to the shot.

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

i love these scenes. they are such tranquil photos. it is nice to see the area protected for just the animal, insects and fauna.

Jarart said...

You captured a nice reflection of the bird and that bright orange in the waters' edge stands out although I can't quite tell what it is.

glenda said...

These birds are so beautiful. Loved your photo for yellow theme day!

Ming the Merciless said...

Egrets are beautiful and graceful birds. This is a beautiful photo. The white on its feather contrast very nicely with the darker background.

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