17th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Great Egrets battle for nesting rights near High Island, Texas.

The Great Egret "Three-for-All" While watching wading birds at a High Island, Texas rookery, a battle for a prime nesting site broke out between several Great Egrets. This photo captures the exact moment the beaks of three Egrets clamp around each others heads, causing a momentary standoff in their fight for nesting rights.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 06.2019
Date Uploaded: 10.2019
Photo Location: High Island, Texas, United States of America
Camera: Canon EOS REBEL T5
Copyright: © Kirk Kinnear