Calm Reddish Egret

Calm Reddish Egret

We found several Reddish Egrets while visiting Merritt Island, Florida. The salt marshes there are one of a few places along the Northeast coast they prefer.

There are a few white morph Reddish around but most have this beautiful ‘reddish’ coloring.

Calm Reddish Egret
Calm Reddish Egret
Calm Reddish Egret
Calm Reddish Egret

These birds have a complete dance routine they use to scare up small prey and create wing shade on the bright surface. Unfortunately all the ones we saw were calmly fishing like any other Egret.

Calm Reddish Egret
Calm Reddish Egret

If you have ever seen a Tricolored Heron dance around while fishing you have seen a slow imitation of a Reddish. Tricolored dance a waltz, Reddish a Balanchine ballet.

Calm Reddish Egret
Calm Reddish Egret

It’s not uncommon to see one of these birds with a tracking device. They are always in danger of toxic changes to the coastal waters and a bellwether for identifying problems.

 

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