When Great Egrets Eric and Eliza fly together, I can’t help thinking of military aircraft…
It was back in World War 1 that pilots discovered their fighters were much safer and more effective flying in pairs than alone, and a duo became the smallest unit sent off on a mission.
And check out how beautifully these Great Egrets dive, climb and swoop! In my featured shot, Eric banks nearly 90° in the midst of a perfect, 180° Chandelle maneuver—while Eliza climbs out of a dive, presumably on the lookout for prey.
In shots below, however, the couple often simply seems to be joyriding, swooping, banking, turning in tandem and diving again—the showoffs!
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Arthur P. Johnson is an award-winning creative professional with 30+ years of experience in advertising, product development, screen writing, and television and web production. He has loved photography all his adult life and now he's doing it all the time. It's exciting, exhausting and scary, and he wouldn't have it any other way.
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