This is a bird even wildlife photographers don’t know. Reddish Egret.
They have a very small habitat, far south coastal salt marshes. Mostly around mangrove swamps I believe. That is where we found this one, in Florida.
Climate change has made the ‘red tide’ algae move closer to shore in warm weather. It is deadly to anything that stays in the water for any amount of time.
These beautiful Egrets are trapped in the small territory they need. Their numbers are shrinking rapidly.
Reddish Egrets almost look and act like some Herons, but they have unique fishing methods…they dance to make shadows on the water to help find prey and hide sun glare.
One of the great wildlife photo series to catch is a Reddish Egret fishing. The plan is to do just that.