Ah, those were the days. It seems more like science future now than a 40 year distant past. Astronauts used to GO places, kids. They didn’t always spend their time endlessly circling the earth at a meager altitude of 250 miles.
I returned this morning to the great egret (Ardea alba) rookery in the Campostella Heights neighborhood in Norfolk, Virginia. During nesting season it never disappoints. This year the colony seems to be a bit smaller, with only about 40 pairs of adults. The birds also seem to be a bit behind schedule with nest construction, possibly due to our harsh winter and the late arrival of spring. I didn’t observe any completed nests, nor any signs of egg laying. I did see a lot of squabbling for prime nesting branches in the loblolly pines, and a lot of extravagant “come-hither” plumage displays. And sex. Lots and lots of great egret sex took place this morning - enough to make a young photographer blush.
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My egret photo sets and commentary from 2011 and 2013 can be viewed by clicking the links.
35mm slides shot off the old Zenith color tube TV. Three views taken on April 15, 1972 during the NBC Evening News. John Chancellor in front of the VAB shortly after the Mobile Service Structure was rolled back from the Saturn V at Pad 39A on eve of launch.