Sunday, September 19, 2021

"I Would Rather Not Fight" - I.


Birds communicate by songs and calls but like us, humans, their body language sometimes tells a lot about how a bird feels and what action it is going to take.

Thus the Snowy Egrets often become aggressive when their territory is threaten by intruders and they have to fight.

The decision to fight is often impulsive and ill-considered.  On the photo above the Snowy Egret turned into a ball of anger and rushed in full sail toward the intruder, inflating his plumage to look huge and mighty.

The Snowy Egret feathers are up on his head, the body tense and slightly bend forward, its bill is open. The Egret threatens and makes it clear that the intruder will be in danger and the best the intruder can do is leave the territory in a matter of seconds. 

I was ready to shoot the coming battle and capture two fighting Egrets with their feathers are flying up in the air but to my disappointment, the aggressive Egret at the most decisive moment suddenly changed its decision to fight and turned back.

I don't know what caused this decision, maybe the Snowy Egret realized that it overestimated itself and could loose the battle or it was simply pointless to fight for a territory with plenty of food available.

Generally, life is good!

to be continued...


  1. of the nervousness of the ardeidae

  2. Saben bien defender su territorio, ante un posible invasor.


  3. Love your pictures, Kaya! Looking at this bird, I thought about all those japanese cranes dancing and jumping in the air. They are fantastic, and your shots are fantastic too :)
    Have a nice day, Kaya.

  4. Кая, хороша снежная цапля! Фото выше всех пожвал

  5. Hello Kaya,
    Great to see these herons in action. Ready to fight or defend his place.
    Wonderful pictures you have made of these moments. Very nice with the water!!

    Many greetings,

  6. A wonderful advancing movement in space.

  7. Excelentes fotografías de la garceta blanca cabreada. Es una acción de defensa del territorio o pelea por conseguir aparearse y, más inteligentes que los humanos, cuando se sienten en inferioridad abandonan la lucha y se alejan.
    Un abrazo y cuidate.

  8. Wonderful bird. The photos are absolutely fantastic!
    Thanks for sharing

  9. Amiga, tus imagenes son siempre maravillosas... Nos haces volar, como esas bellas aves
    Un abrazo

  10. Que hermosas fotos Kaya, son maravillosas. Besos.