It’s amazing how much the animal world parallels the human world. I photographed these two male egrets in the rookery at High Island, Texas. They were standing chest to chest, facing each other down, fighting over a female. You could almost hear them saying, “You talkin’ to me?” as they butted each other. This was one of the first shots in a long series. The confrontation went on for several minutes. Eventually the female (not shown here) poked the male on the left in his back and he flew off.

Taken with the Nikon D4 and 800 mm f5.6 Nikkor from about 20 yards away.