Ballet of the Reddish Egret
I have always been fascinated with the method the Reddish Egrets use to catch small fish. It reminds me of a somewhat frantic ballet. Their movements are quick and energetic sometimes running, sometimes jumping or flying low over the water. They use their wings to shade the water to see the fish. The jumping stirs up the silt to startle the fish, while flying low herds them towards higher ground. All of this is done with a great deal of athleticism and a certain amount of grace. This distinctive behavior is very entertaining to watch.
During my trip I was fortunate to observe two Reddish Egrets performing their ballet. The first one fished right in front of me for quite a long time. I’ve put together a series of images of my encounter below. I think you’ll understand why I think in terms of ballet.
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This fellow put on quite a show as well, but his fishing took him away from my position so I didn’t get as much time with him. He was equally enthusiastic, however, and got good results.
These are among some of my favorite images from this trip. I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing them. Thanks for taking your time to view them. More to come in the next post. Cheryl