Egrets, and many other wading birds have their knees on backwards. OK, that’s not the technical term, but the best I could find. Besides helping them walk in shallow water what it really does is give them attitude! Sit back and watch one for awhile.
They seem to slowly stroll around a lot as if they didn’t have a care in the world. I once watched a Great Egret strut right by a huge alligator with no sign of concern. Nothing happened so I assume this is normal for them.
After photographing as many birds as I have there are times perfectly good opportunities are passed by. After all how many similar photos does a wildlife portfolio really need.
For me there obvious exceptions. An Egret ‘strutting it’s stuff’ is one of them.