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