Great Egret – Head Dive

This Great Egret stalked towards me in the dark waters of the Fakahatchee Strand, looking for a meal.

Beginning to pass me by, s/he froze and ever so slowly stretched that neck out…..way out.


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Great Egret – “Neck Stretch”


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Great Egret – “I See You”


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Great Egret – “Strike”


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Great Egret – “Dive Retreat”


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Great Egret – “Success”


A quick gulp, and then the Great Egret continued its stealth stalking past me without a glance my way.

(photos taken February 2020)



56 thoughts on “Great Egret – Head Dive

  1. Wonderful shots, Donna. You captured the whole deal with just 4 frames! You’re good, you… πŸ™‚ πŸ‘

    • Thank you, HJ! I couldn’t believe he walked right towards me and froze. I was there for a few minutes, so I lucked out s/he didn’t know I was there behind the thicket and trees. Yay! 😊

  2. Terrific action series Donna! It never ceases to amaze me how intensely focused, infinitely patient, lightning fast, and seemingly always accurate herons and egrets are when stalking prey.

  3. Great series! Reminds me of lunchtime with my three grandkids when the 2 1/2 year old sees one Cheeto remaining on a plate. πŸ™‚

  4. Great series! Once I got within 5 ft of a Great Blue Heron as it stood stark still waiting for the unsuspecting meal to pass by, and I must confess I got a little scared looking at that great beak, knowing how deadly it is, and how fast the Heron strikes! I moved to the other side of the path to get a little more distance between us!

    • Thank you, actually I was pretty lucky, it happened within a few minutes. I had walked up slowly to a favorite ‘window’ area between the trees, and I saw that ‘bright white’ moving through all the leaves and branches. So I just waited and hoped s/he would keep coming on past me. I’m sure I held my breath and then did labor breathing….lol. You know how that is!

  5. Fabulous photos. (I don’t know how you do it!) As for lucking out, I think it was the golfer, Gary Player, who once said “It’s funny, the more I practice, the luckier I get!” 😁

    • Thank you, Ellen! I agree! S/he pulled back so fast to gulp, I didn’t even follow with my lens, I was hoping it didn’t know I was there. And I don’t think it did. S/he continued on stalking but got out of my ‘little window’ through the trees.

  6. Nice close ups! From what I’ve read there is one neck vertebrae that is longer than the rest in the necks of herons which allows them to have that curving and rapid stria. You can really see it in your shots here. William — “What a wildly wonderful world, God! You made it all, with Wisdom at Your side, made earth overflow with your wonderful creations.” Psalms 104 The Message

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