When Will These Babies Hatch? by Joe Jennelle

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Great White Egret eggs hatch in 23 to 28 days. Each nest has from two to six eggs. Males and females share building and staying-on-nest duties. Nesting can become very stressful in heat and cold, good weather and bad. Each egret must be on the nest for many, many hours without food, water, or freedom to fish. When the nesting pair reunite to exchange places, they greet each other with mutual squawking and raised feathers, including “nuptial plumage” feathers which grow only during the mating period. Mating pairs do truly appear to be (as we call it) in love.
Socastee South Carolina US, Nikon D700, Nikkor 500 mm Lens

Winner: Absolute Clarity Challenge “Bird’s Eyes” June 3, 2013
Beautiful South Carolina, Oct 18, 2011

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I treasure connections with those who are touched in some way by nature’s beauty. During those magic moments, we share a special awe in nature’s presence. We are compelled to see and share. Connections make us who we are and relationships within nature give our lives meaning.

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  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 3 years ago

  • Tracy66
    Tracy66over 3 years ago

    A Beautiful close up shot.!

  • hello Tracy and thank you very much. Only from under the bird did I realize how the eyes were not aligned on a parallel plane. All in one’s perspective I guess.

    – Joe Jennelle

  • Manon Boily
    Manon Boilyover 3 years ago

    wow! that’s an amazing close up of an egret! 500mm… lucky you! a fav for sure!

  • Thank you Manon! You are too nice for sure.

    – Joe Jennelle

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 3 years ago

  • Kathy Baccari
    Kathy Baccariover 3 years ago

    Oh I really love this shot Joe. What a wonderful closeup. Just look at those awesome eyes. Nicely seen and captured and an instant fav for me. Kathy :)

  • Thank you Kathy, caught this beauty of a bird yesterday in excellent light. I was struck by his/her mesmerizing eyes and especially how they tilted down toward the water/ground. Now that I think about it, that is a perfect angle for them to scan the water just below the surface in a vast search area. Ah, nature is amazing isn’t it?

    – Joe Jennelle

  • Bellavista2
    Bellavista2over 3 years ago

    “Congratulations Jennelleimages!” Your Brillant capture of a Great White Egret, (Love those eyes). Has been Featured in the “Nature in It’s Entirety Group”. Now you have the wonderful opportunity to enter our “May Featured Members Challenge”. “Goodluck!”


  • Thank you Bellavista2 for your wonderfully welcome comment. This egret has been on the nest for over three weeks. She watches me intently with those eyes articulated at an angle downward on each side.

    – Joe Jennelle

  • Neil Ross
    Neil Rossover 3 years ago

    Such a beautiful bird and an awesome photo. Congratulations on a much deserved feature :D

  • Thank you so much Neil. I was really pleased with this image. Thanks for the fav!

    – Joe Jennelle

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...over 3 years ago

    sensational capture

  • Thank you so much kathy, sorry I missed your comment earlier.

    – Joe Jennelle

  • Paulette1021
    Paulette1021over 3 years ago

    Spectacular !!

  • Thank you Paulette, good to see you back! Others have been getting all of our egret baby images.

    – Joe Jennelle

  • Robert H Carney
    Robert H Carneyover 3 years ago

    Truly an excellent image but your story is well written as well. I really enjoy birds and all that goes with it…

  • Me too Robert, thank you very much.

    – Joe Jennelle

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