13th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Sibling Rivalry

The life of Great White Egret chicks is perilous at best, especially if you are the third chick hatched. The two older chicks will shoulder out the smaller chick at feeding time and constantly batter it when a parent arrives with food. The parent makes no effort to help the youngest chick and will often ignore it. The chick will die and the siblings will work until they can push the body out of the nest.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 04.2015
Date Uploaded: 11.2015
Photo Location: St. Augustine, Florida, United States of America
Camera: NIKON D4S
Copyright: © Stan Bysshe