Wading birds usually ignore each other when they feed, each one just going about his business. This young Reddish Egret did seem to be intimidated by the Wood Storks clacking their bills. Then he decided to do a Reddish Egret maneuver and flapped his wings.
He didn’t get the full dance move, but the closest Wood Stork took notice.
And did his own two-step.
The Reddish Egret retreated…
,,, Nothing to see! The Reddish Egret went back to hunting while a Snowy Egret gave a flap for good measure.
Rarely seen in South Carolina, Reddish Egrets are known for their lively dance across the water as they feed.
Reddish Egret: The Dance has images of the dance I took in Florida in February 2018.
Bear Island WMA, 7/21/2019.