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Bee Curiosity

Neck and neck….and neck…and neck

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The drought this summer has been so bad in southeastern Massachusetts that the pond at Wheaton Farm in Easton has nearly dried up. On an early Sunday morning in September, I was able to walk out into the middle of the lake and came across a flock of Great Egrets (also know as a “wedge” of egrets) and a single great blue heron.

As I was watching the flock of birds, I was able to capture 4 egrets taking off at the same time in nearly the same position. Here is the photo.

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I love how their necks are in almost every position that you would see, some extended, some curved, and the wings are in the middle, up stroke, and down stroke as they take off to fly.

Here are a few other photos of the “wedge” of egrets.

 

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Author: Sean Kent

I am a naturalist, nature photographer, field ecologist, and educator. I have an external fondness for all creatures great and small, especially native bees and flowering plants.

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