Reddish Egret Fishing

Reddish Egret: Reserved

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.

Reddish Egret Fishing
Reddish Egret Fishing

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.

Reddish Egret Fishing
Reddish Egret Fishing

When he did stop he raised one or both wings to shade the water looking for food.

Reddish Egret Fishing
Reddish Egret Fishing

Finally, a stab into the water…

Reddish Egret Fishing
Reddish Egret Fishing

…nothing! But I could really see his beautiful striped beak as he picked out his next prey.

Reddish Egret Fishing
Reddish Egret Fishing

Eventually he got a tiny fish, then started the strut over again.

Reddish Egret Fishing
Reddish Egret Fishing

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Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, 1/28/2018

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