Sunday, August 24, 2008
Great Egret Encounters
Great Egrets are passing through our area on their migration south. "Passing through" is a relative term as they have been hanging around for a few weeks now. They do not breed in this area and are rarely seen in the spring. I was driving by a farm field that had about a hundred Canada geese, a few horses and one Great Egret. It was hunting in a very small creek that trickled through the grass.
A few days later I saw a pair of Egrets fishing in a storm pond in a new subdivision. New houses are being built all around the area as the city sprawls outwards. Small fish were plentiful in the pond and it was interesting to watch them stalk through the shallow water.
The setting sun was very bright. It is always a challenge for me to photograph white birds and white flowers in strong light. One of the Egrets seemed to have an injured leg and was limping on the land. I could not see any obvious injury or entanglement. This short video clip demonstrates how the bird moved. I have not seen the pair since, only a single bird in the same area.