While out for a drive…
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Snowy Egret

photo of snowy egret

Dinnertime for the Snowy egret.

The Snowy egret wades through the shallows using his yellow feet to flush prey into view. I came across this Snowy egret and snapped a picture just a fraction of a second late. I had tried to get him catching the fish that he just swallowed, but he was too quick for me.

They have beautiful plumage, especially in the breeding season. They were nearly wiped out in the 1800’s when there was a big market for their lacy feathers. I find it interesting that a breeding pair, apparently, cannot recognize each other away from the nest.  So the mate when returning to the nest must perform an elaborate ritual dance in order to be recognized.

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