Snowy Egrets – Water Ballet

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There was a bit of a frenzy for a couple hours one morning with the Snowy Egrets when a fishing hole was swimming with tiny fish.

Too deep to stand, they took turns flying over, hovering/dangling their bright yellow toes, snatching a fish if they could, and then would fly off while gulping it down.

I was able to take photos from both the refuge’s deck and at ground level.Β  It was an entertaining display of water ballet!

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This next photo shows how deep that fishing hole is with the Great Blue Heron up to its belly in water.

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DSC_9065-1 21321This photo shows how deep the fishing hole is with the Great Blue Heron up to its belly in the water.

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And finally, this next three-photo series follows through with the tiptoeing to gulp success!

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55 thoughts on “Snowy Egrets – Water Ballet

  1. Wow! What a wonderful show they put on for you. You must have had a ball watching and capturing their every move. Thanks for sharing!

    • Thank you, Susan! They would come from different directions so it was a challenge to figure out which was going next! lol And then there were almost a couple mid-air crashes! πŸ™‚

  2. I read this over again, I thought at first you meant they were fishing with their toes! Pretty cool, but probably spent more energy than they got from the food source. Fun photos!

    • Well, actually I wondered if they were trying to bait with those toes myself while dangling them. Snowy Egrets do wiggle those yellow toes while standing in water to bait fish so they can strike. I agree, for this frenzy, those fish were too small to get excited about!

  3. Love those yellow galoshes! What a wonderful set of pictures, Donna! The 5th one is amazing the way its feet and wings are lining up so perfectly. I can’t imagine how much practice must have gone into learning how to deep-water fish so successfully.

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