Snowy Egret with several light blue eggs in its nest.
Late afternoon in a Great Egret's nest Mom was watching the chicks--two fighting and two napping.
What siblings don't have the occasional argument?
Who hasn't wanted to do this at one time or another?
Then Dad flew in from fishing. (Actually, according to Wikipedia, both parents fish and feed the chicks, so the roles could be reversed.)
Dad's return gave Mom a chance to get out of the nest.
Next one of the chicks inquired about dinner.
Great Egret parents catch fish and feed their chicks via regurgitation.
Dinner service in process--dinner by regurgitation.
Dinner has been served-- one large bite-size fish.
Later in the afternoon Dad tried to help the chicks get the hang of how to tackle a bigger fish.
One enthusiastic chick decided to give it a try, with some extra help from Dad.
That Great Egret chick tried hard.
And made some progress.
That little chick wouldn't give up.
But despite its heroic effort, that fish was just too big for the chick to swallow.
The chick finally gave up and went back to napping, so Dad decided to finish the job.
Dad flipped the fish to get it in position to swallow head first.
Then got a better grasp on the fish. By this time all the chicks except one were worn out and back asleep in the nest.
More progress, with one studius chick still observing.