Friday, November 22, 2013

Reddish Egret

Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens)

The reddish egret once was one of the most abundant species of Herons and Egrets, which stand still in the water waiting for prey to approach - the Reddish Egrets pursue their prey. Reddish Egret forage primarily on nearshore, marine flats in water 2-6" deep. Small fish in those shallow depths comprise most of their prey, along with some crustaceans. (Audubon Florida)

It is very entertaining to watch a Reddish Egret as it opens and spreads its wings while attempting to lure its prey - no other species dances like this.

And just when you think you know a Reddish Egret - there comes the White Morph of the Reddish Egret - the tell tale being it's beak, the color of its legs and its method of dancing/feeding.
A truly marvelous and beautiful bird.

1 comment:

  1. I wasn't even aware of this species. Awesome set of action photos. I would love to see one live in action.