These Snowy Egrets were just hanging around in a shallow pond; a few were trying out some dance steps. It was early and they were not all on the same song.
After his bath the Snowy Egret sunk down into the water again and just sat there.
He made some ripples when he stood up, which created a disconnected head reflection.
I moved on, glancing back for one more look. The Egret was looking pretty spiffy.
I first spotted this Snowy Egret sitting low in the water.
As I expected, he dunked.
Then gave a big shake.
A couple minutes later he did it again.
The low water in this section of a rice field pond had attracted a small flock of wading birds to feed in a channel.
As usual, one Snowy Egret was zipping around instead of feeding like the others.
He flew past a group of three…
kept on going…
Then dropped into a group of two.
It was a grey day with the Snowy Egrets’ feet and eye patches providing the only bit of color.
Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, Tricolored Herons… not a great photo opportunity but a wonderful thing to see.
The small specs are Swallows; even smaller was the generous supply of mosquitoes and gnats.
Bear Island Wildlife Management Area, ACE Basin, SC
March 11, 2021
I spotted this Snowy Egret while I was watching the Little Blue Heron Fishing in my last post. That’s the Ashley River at high tide behind him.
He stayed put basking in the sun as I got a bit closer for a clearer look.
He obliged me with poses of both sides and I couldn’t decide which I like better. The full shadow of his beak on his chest in the above image is kind of cool, but seeing his full eye as below is always a winner.
Just standing around, not bothered by the wind or moving surf a Snowy Egret ruffled himself up.
This beach is covered with little shells, and those didn’t interest him either.
Ah, the surf lapping at his legs.
Taken on Sanibel Island, FL, January 2020 which seems like forever ago.
Two Great Egrets stared at each other over a bunch of Snowy Egrets. The Snowy in front just couldn’t hold a pose.
A mixed bag of wading birds was feeding in this pool of water at the side of an old rice field pond.
Most of the birds were concentrating on feeding, but a few Snowy Egrets were busier coming and going.
This one came in for full spread landing.
And almost immediately another took off.
Curses on the mud blob ruining this reflection.
Good for me, the flight path he took crossed some clear water.
Startled or just looking for a better spot, a small flock of White Ibis with a few Snowy Egrets mixed in flew from the back of the pond to right in front of me.
I worked my way a bit closer and watched as the Ibis picked in the mud.
The Snowy Egrets, one with his eye on a small Alligator, didn’t seem so inclined to get dirty.