Great white egret and chicks (Ardea alba)

This image peers in on an egret family at the Smiths Oak Rookery, High Island, Texas. April 20, 2013. Around this time each year, Great White Egrets and several other species of migratory birds travel to the Gulf Coast to mate, breed and raise their avian families. A Rosette Spoonbill nests in the background.

By the time these young chicks are ready to fledge (fly away) they will still need to hang close to their parents. This will be in around 6 weeks.

The life of the young chick is competitive. They compete heavily with siblings for food delivered by air express from the other parent. Their mother and father remain monogamous for the season, sharing the nest and hunting duties. Should anything happen to either parent, the young birds will starve.

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