This Reddish Egret was much more reserved in his fishing maneuvers than the one I saw doing the jump moves. I didn’t see any air moves but he did perform the extended strut, wading at a fast pace for as much as a hundred feet, before turning.
I couldn’t see what was making him change his path; he just seemed to be on a mission to get from point A to point B.
When he did stop he raised one or both wings to shade the water looking for food.
Finally, a stab into the water…
…nothing! But I could really see his beautiful striped beak as he picked out his next prey.
Eventually he got a tiny fish, then started the strut over again.
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Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, 1/28/2018