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PRI's Environmental News Magazine

Great Egret Confrontation

Air Date: Week of November 4, 2011

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(Photo: JKD Atlanta)

The strangled calls of a pair of Great Egrets as they confront each other at a Connecticut glacial pond.

Transcript

[SOUNDS OF GREAT EGRETS]
GELLERMAN: We leave you this week with the letter B - for big birds. Great Egrets are big white birds with 40-inch wingspans. They're not especially noisy, except when they’re telling each other who’s boss.

Pairs of Great Egrets raise their necks and point their beaks in the air. The angry calls sound like someone's getting strangled. Wings flare, then one flies away and all is forgotten, until the next challenger comes along. Mark Seth Lender found the big birds going beak to beak at a glacial pond on the Connecticut shore.

[SOUND: GREAT EGRETS RECORDED BY MARK SETH LENDER ON LOCATION IN CONNECTICUT. WATER RUSHING, EGRETS AND OTHER BIRDS CALLING, FROGS CROAKING]

 

 

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