This is a continuation of Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS’s earlier posts on the breeding of the Intermediate Egret (Mesophoyx intermedia intermedia) HERE, HERE and HERE. The observations were made at a location in South Perak, Malaysia among padi fields with extensive wetlands. This final post gives an account of the egrets protecting their nests.
“Due to the density of birds, nesting close together, there were occasional ‘friction’ episodes. The composite image (above) and individual images (below) show of an incubating Intermediate Egret who “bristled” (all the filoplumes were elevated and extended) at the approach of an adult Little Egret (Egretta garzetta garzetta), also in breeding plumage). It eventually flew down from the nest and chased off the intruder.
“The image on the left shows two adults with two juveniles (one hidden) – the common configuration.
“An audio recording from the site is provided HERE. A cacophony of calls that needs to be experienced. The noise level is high due to the density of birds, nesting close together.
Lots of juveniles calling and occasional deep ‘groans’ of adults.”
Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
South Perak, Malaysia
11th April 2012
Equipment: Nikon D7000 SLR with Sigma AF OS Zoom 150-500mm, handheld