Plucked From The Water, Egret - click to enlarge

Plucked From The Water, Egret Series

I have seen this before, but never captured the sequence of events. This is unusual behavior, there are plenty of sticks in easier locations.

Plucked From The Water, Egret - click to enlarge
Plucked From The Water, Egret – click to enlarge

Great Egrets are just claiming the good nesting sites. Once a location belongs to a bird they stay and protect it until a mate is chosen to help.

The nest building starts but the Egret will not go far. And here is where this series came to be.

The perfect stick was floating near and this Egret could not resist. So he jumped from the Cypress tree and swooped down to snatch the stick from the air and return immediately.

The entire sequence was complete in less time than it took to write this.

Plucked From The Water, Egret - click to enlarge
Plucked From The Water, Egret – click to enlarge

I was fortunate enough to be standing near and recognize what he was about to do. I did not get the jump from the nest. I started shooting as the Egret pulled up before hitting the water.

Plucked From The Water, Egret - click to enlarge
Plucked From The Water, Egret – click to enlarge

Flying above the surface the bird grabbed at the branch and kept flying.

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