We Both Underestimated, Great Egret

We Both Underestimated, Great Egret

This Great Egret underestimated the fish he had spotted flying by. I underestimated the breeze across the water for good focus. The Egret was the real loser, at least I caught a few action shots.

Below the Egret dropped down to the waters surface while flying by. Not common behavior, risky actually, but I’ve seen it before.

We Both Underestimated, Great Egret
We Both Underestimated, Great Egret
We Both Underestimated, Great Egret
We Both Underestimated, Great Egret

Yes he grabbed a fish while hovering in the air.

We Both Underestimated, Great Egret
We Both Underestimated, Great Egret

Unfortunately the fish turned out to be bigger than the bird thought.

We Both Underestimated, Great Egret
We Both Underestimated, Great Egret

He dropped the fish back in the water.

We Both Underestimated, Great Egret
We Both Underestimated, Great Egret

There was nothing he could do. This was deep water, the center of a pond in rice fields. I’m sure he would not touch bottom. Besides this spot is filled with alligators. Swimming is not an option.

ACE Basin, South Carolina.

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