I’ve heard about a rookery in downtown Dallas for a few years now, gone a few times to try to find it but never could. My son-in-law starting working there a few months ago and I finally asked him where the heck it was….. Sunday promised to be a beautiful spring day in Dallas so decided I would try once again to locate this special place. Well damn, so easy to pass it by, because it is between 3 major roads and who would have thought! There are hundreds of Great Egrets and hundreds of nests!!! I walked without the camera for a bit just to take it all in…Egrets are monogamous and then there are those males that are trying to find a mate. They do this fantastic ritual, poof out the feathers, shake their heads and reach for the sky. Totally captivating!
Those that already have mates tend to the nest.
They rarely leave the area, and when they do they return with twigs. I didn’t see any returning with food, but I have to imagine at some point they must.
The entry to the rookery faces east and the early morning light provided an opportunity to silhouette some of images….added a little text here, but otherwise a straight shot against the morning sun.
had to convert one to B&W…while you lose that green facial breeding coloration, the contrast is striking.
So according to the information posted at the Rookery, the Great Egret is the first to arrive, after their chicks hatch and can fly, the Snowy Egret then comes. I will be visiting again and share the latest update