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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