Great Egret Ready for Takeoff

Great Egret Take Off

I remain fascinated by how elegantly the large wading birds fly. This Great Egret was surveying the marsh from the top of a tree.

Great Egret Posing in Tree
Great Egret Posing in Tree

He picked his direction and with one step and a flap of his wings he was off.

Great Egret Ready for Takeoff
Great Egret Ready for Takeoff

Unlike some of the other large birds, the Great Egrets’ wings are nearly silently when they take off so unless you are watching you don’t even know they are gone.

Great Egret In Flight
Great Egret In Flight

7/3/2018 Donnelley Wildlife Management Area

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