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.
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.
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.
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.