Monday, April 6, 2009

Great Egret

I was with a group doing a count of birds at one of the local wetland ponds when this Great Egret flew up and away and then perched in a dead tree close by. The blue sky made a nice background - especially when the clouds came over soon after and we had to run to the cars to keep dry. The yellow bill is non-breeding color for this bird.
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14 comments:

Tabib said...

Great captured.
I have seen only the small Egret here.

Vickie said...

Lovely! You so often see images of them hunting in the wetland but I don't think I've seen one from this beautiful pose. Nice.

Midmarsh John said...

Great photos.
So many birds have such thin and fragile looking legs. Makes you wonder how they don't break when you see the speed some of them land.

mick said...

Thanks for commenting Tabib, Vickie and John.

Kyle said...

Nice shots, Mick. I see Great Egrets fairly regularly here in the Houston area, but rarely perched or roosting in trees. It's nice to see them in a different environment than what you are used to.

The Early Birder said...

Great capture Mick as he balanced on the bough. My only shot in UK many, many years ago on 'film' was a white shape thro' fog!

Tricia said...

WOW Mick - great picture. There's something rather odd about seeing Egrets up in trees. Cormorants over here nest in trees looking equally odd! I think it must be their size in relation to the branches!

mick said...

Hi Kyle, Frank and Tricia. Great Egrets nest in trees (according to the bird books) but I hadn't seen one in a tree before - and especially not walking so gracefully along the branch.

April said...

These are beautiful pictures of the Great Egret! Wonderfully captured!

dAwN said...

Great tight rope walking egret!

Larry said...

Great capture of the Great Egret Mick! I think it's cool to see them in the trees and in flight. They are such beautiful birds.

mick said...

Thanks for visiting April, Dawn and Larry.

Natural Moments said...

I love the pose on that open snag. It is perfectly balanced.

Tom said...

Nice shots, the photos make it look very delicate.