I remain fascinated by how elegantly the large wading birds fly. This Great Egret was surveying the marsh from the top of a tree.
He picked his direction and with one step and a flap of his wings he was off.
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.
7/3/2018 Donnelley Wildlife Management Area