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.