This is a story about the start of life for two young egrets in the Lowcountry. They were born on Harbor Island South Carolina. I named them Marlene and David.
I tell their story in a photo essay as a way to educate and entertain at the same time. Wading birds have daily rituals and trials just as we do. They face many hardships and experience bountiful times as well.
Through my almost daily, and sometimes several-times-a-day observations, I have learned many things about Great Egrets and other wading birds that share the rookery with them. Marlene and David have somewhat different personalities and you will see Marlene is quite a character. She is very assertive and looks forward to becoming Queen, and considers David her underling.
In the beginning, there were four eggs in the nest but only three hatched. Marlene is the oldest with David two days behind, and their third sibling, Teddy, was born 10 days after that. There is not much of a story to tell about Teddy because, sadly, he died on his second day of life.
Documenting the early lives of Marlene and David has been one of my very favorite experiences as a wildlife photographer.
Please use the arrows below to enjoy the slideshow and accompanying commentary provided Craig Marsh.