Early morning, just after sunrise, I was walking along a gravel road on Florida’s Sanibel Island when I spotted this egret.  Hard to miss; its size is impressive, standing about 3 feet tall.

The water was shallow, maybe 4-6″ deep, swampy, almost stagnant.  The egret moved easily among the heavy brush, constantly stabbing at something in the water, his neck uncoiling rapidly, with snake-like strikes.  I watched it hunt for about 30 minutes.

The size of this bird implies big prey, like fish, but his mouth doesn’t look very big.  It was stabbing constantly, but I never saw anything in its beak.  I assumed he was eating insects, like an appetizer before the main course.

Thought for the Day:  All men are equal before fish.           Herbert Hoover

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