Great Egret Stalks A Lizard

A stalking Great Egret was quicker than I.Β  I saw it focused, but the egret was looking straight ahead and not down at the water’s edge.

What was he focused on?

A couple more steps, and the Great Egret reached out with that long neck and grabbed a lizard off a palm tree trunk.

The Great Egret had the lizard before I got my first shot.

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Great Egret with a lizard for a meal


I took over 30 photos and selected six more from them to show how the egret handled his meal, holding it tight and then shifting it.


Great Egret eating a lizard


And down the hatch the poor little lizard went….



49 thoughts on “Great Egret Stalks A Lizard

    • Thank you, Reed! Same here! Once I saw a GBH grab a frog and then quickly spit it out, followed by washing its beak in the water with its mouth wide open. It must have tasted nasty, lol. I guess anything is game! lol

  1. What a great series of pictures! So clear and sharp. As I watch creatures swallow their meals alive, I can’t imagine what it must be like to have something large like a fish or lizard squirming inside my body.

  2. I love birds, but I really love reptiles. I never know who to cheer for in a battle like that! But a great photo of the “circle of life.” One day they’ll all live side by side again without the fear of being eaten! Isaiah 11:6 “The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.” — William

    • I’m with you, William, sometimes I’m not sure who I want to win, but it is the circle of life. As much as I love Eagles, I did not like the one that tried to swoop down and attack “my” Osprey nest with momma Bella and the chicks inside, me thinking the Eagle was going to snatch one of the chicks. I screamed at the Eagle so loud, I imagine my neighbors heard me.

    • Thank you, Eliza! I’m with you, it certainly was not his day. I’d have been happy if the lizard fell out of the egret’s mouth and hit the ground running for safety. Now that would be some cool action shots! πŸ™‚

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