The unguarded heron nests have been an invitation for the aggressive Great Egrets to take them over while the adults are away. This can have a catastrophic result for young birds. Many young have been lost this spring.
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However here an adult returned back to the nest just as the attack was entering the final stage. It has gone on for over 2 hours and the chicks were tiring. If it had been a single chick the nest would have been lost within an hour.
The Egret had determined a sideways move separated the young and had successfully struck them each at least once.
The adult arrived low over the trees and surprised the Egret. The…
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