Great Egret

Great egret -reflection

Great egret -reflection

I couldn’t believe my luck when I came across this beautiful egret by Herdsman Lake.  It was happy to pose for ages until a jogger passed close by. 

Great egret flying

Great egret flying

 

I’ve only seen a great egret a few times. Unlike the pelicans and ibis who often make flying look like hard work, the egrets manage to be very graceful despite their size. 

 

Each time I see them I’m amazed by just how white they are.  If I put on a white skirt or blouse I can guarantee that by lunch time it will look grubby (dust, mud, jam ….) so how do they stay so clean and bright, especially when ‘home’ is by the water and mud?  One of natures mysteries …..

Great Egret Hunting

Great Egret Hunting

 

This one was so intent on hunting that it barely noticed me.  It didn’t fly away despite the fact that I was out in the open and fairly close.  I’m not sure whether they live here all year round or migrate to somewhere wetter in the summer.  I’ll have to keep watch over the next 6 months and see what happens.

 

 

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