Category Archives: Egret

Egret In The Reeds

I did not see this Great Egret fly in, but I assume it just did based on the wing flapping and dancing.

Egret In The Reeds
Egret In The Reeds

This was a rather long distance but lately I have been paying more attention to the surrounding area of a shot that the actual subject. Probably just mixing things up a bit.

Ready For Trouble, Great Blue Heron And Great Egret

I took this shot across a marsh, the photograph itself taken a little wide.  I wanted to catch the entire scene, and any interaction that might happen between these two.

Ready For Trouble, Great Blue Heron And Great Egret
Ready For Trouble, Great Blue Heron And Great Egret

The Heron walked past the Egret and postured in the ‘ready for anything’ stance.

Ready For Trouble, Great Blue Heron And Great Egret
Ready For Trouble, Great Blue Heron And Great Egret

An adult Great Egret will choose to keep away from the larger Heron, this one was no exception.

I think the Heron was considering chasing the Egret, but since the bird didn’t move he thought better of it and continued on.

Ready For Trouble, Great Blue Heron And Great Egret
Ready For Trouble, Great Blue Heron And Great Egret

Funny, but after the Great Blue walked by I thought the Egret was going to sneak up on him. He certainly looked to be considering it.

Getting All Pretty, Great Egret

An Egret spends half of the day preening their feathers.

Getting All Pretty, Great Egret
Getting All Pretty, Great Egret

Here the bird gave a pretty good show. Neither of us had anything better to do at the time anyway.

 

Look Good Even Landing In Mud, Egret

This marsh was all thick Pluff mud.

Look Good Even Landing In Mud, Egret
Look Good Even Landing In Mud, Egret

And yet this Egret, all white, made an elegant landing.

Look Good Even Landing In Mud, Egret
Look Good Even Landing In Mud, Egret
Look Good Even Landing In Mud, Egret
Look Good Even Landing In Mud, Egret

Even managed to stay clean.

Look Good Even Landing In Mud, Egret
Look Good Even Landing In Mud, Egret

He wasn’t happy about the wind messing up his feathers, but he still looked good.

Great Egret Catches A Siren

While out near old rice fields we came upon a Great Egret as he caught a decent sized siren. (additional images at PassingByPhoto).

Great Egret Catches A Siren
Great Egret Catches A Siren

I heard the Egret before seeing him due to some pretty vigorous splashing.

Great Egret Catches A Siren
Great Egret Catches A Siren

At first I saw nothing, then the bird came out from the reeds right below my spot on a dike.

Great Egret Catches A Siren
Great Egret Catches A Siren

A Siren looks like an eel but is actually a large aquatic salamander. Some can grow to 3 feet ( 1 meter). They will fight back, have a toxic secretion, in general not an easy meal. I have seen larger Siren fight Great Blues for hours.

Below the Egret had to wait on the fighting Siren.

Finally the bird quickly flew off with his prey. A larger Heron was stalking both of them. The Heron would steal this given the chance.

Great Egret Catches A Siren
Great Egret Catches A Siren