Great Egret Fishing At Mary Lake

by Larry Jordan on May 26, 2009

Great Egret Fishing photos by Larry Jordan

I took a quick trip to Mary Lake after work today, mainly because I heard tell of Mulberry Trees fruiting and the likes of Bullock’s and Hooded Orioles, Western Tanagers and Phainopeplas hanging around.  Instead I found a very determined Great Egret doing some fishing.

They begin with their neck retracted

then uncoil to strike at their prey

Sometimes they come up empty

And they just have to scratch their heads in wonder

I captured some nice photos of this bird as it flew to the other side of the lake, but before I show you those, check out this video from National Geographic giving you more information on the habits of this beautiful bird that was, at one time, almost driven to extinction!

The Great Egret is beautifully graceful in flight as well.  They seem to fly in slow motion.

Great Egrets are fun to watch and the time spent at Mary Lake held other treats as well.  Canada Geese and Mallards with their chicks, lots of Red-winged Blackbirds singing away, training the young ones.  I did see one Hooded Oriole, a Turkey Vulture, a Red-tailed Hawk, a female Mallard sitting on eggs, loads of dragonflies of differing varieties, and some turtles.

I will return again at a more opportune time to try and catch the more rare species seen around the lake recently.  In the meantime, check out the other IATB #101 contributions!

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Kyle May 27, 2009 at 5:50 pm

You got some outstanding shots of that egret, Larry! This is a wonderful series you’ve posted. I especially love the in-flight sequence — very nice!

Kyles last blog post..One Good Tern Deserves Another


Larry May 27, 2009 at 9:40 pm

@Kyle thanks. I love watching these big birds take flight!


Little Brown Job May 27, 2009 at 10:23 pm

Cracking Egret shots Larry, especially that last flight capture.

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bevson May 28, 2009 at 2:28 am

Up here in the woods we don’t have Egrets, Great Blues, but no Egrets. What a joy to see yours. It must have been terrific to share lunch with them.

bevsons last blog post..Grassland Bird Survey


gwendolen May 28, 2009 at 5:09 am

The fishing photos made me smile, hehe. Love the scratching on head.

It is such a beautiful bird, especially in breeding plumage.

My favourite photo is the first in-flight one, where it just lifts off. Love the unfolding of wings.

gwendolens last blog post..View to a kill | BPW #39


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