Posted by on Dec 15, 2013 in Animal Behaviors, Animals, Birds, Egrets | 0 comments

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Two white egrets in a choreographed mating dance, with furled wings and droplets of water spraying, Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel Island, Florida.

On one of my trips to the Ding Darling National Wildlife refuge, located on Sanibel island in Florida, I was treated to an amazing mating dance between these two birds. These white egrets would bob and motion to each other, and then suddenly leap into the air. It was an amazing thing to watch, and I just had to capture it in a painting; the light on their white feathers, against the dark mangrove background, the reflections in the water, the water droplets from their flying feet. I was blessed that morning to share in such an intimate animal interaction.

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