Morning Egret

By: danitacahill

Feb 03 2012

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Category: Animals, Birds, Nature Photography, Water

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That’s morning egret, not morning regret.

Still sticking with animal photographs, but switching gears from domestic farm animals to wildlife.

I captured this egret on memory card this morning. He was very cooperative. Until he’d filled his belly with fish that is – then he wanted nothing more to do with me and flew off. I’ll post the fish vs. egret photos later.

This shot I like because of the morning light through his snowy feathers.

I’ve photographed this bird before. He’s got a bad foot and leg. His deformed foot shows when he’s flying and the deformity makes it hard for him to land on and manuever on the logs around Cheadle Lake in Lebanon, Oregon. But I watched him stab and swallow a nice blue gill this morning – what a lump that made in his throat – so I’m happy to report that he still has the ability to fish and feed himself.

I’ve never been this close to a great American egret before. It was an adrenalin high to watch him fishing through my camera lens.

Copyright Danita Cahill. All rights reserved.


One comment on “Morning Egret”

  1. Glenda said on my Facebook link, “How beautiful! Isn’t it amazing how wildlife/animals learn to adapt to their shortcomings and get on with life. There is a lesson in that for us as humans. 🙂 “

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