Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Great Egret/Wild Bird

 Great Egret (Ardea alba) and Canada goose

Egrets are such elegant looking birds, don't you think. The great egret was quietly fishing in shallow water, slowly bending  for a better look.  Then with surprising speed this bird bent down and...

 YUM!

caught a fish. A little more than a century ago egrets were nearly hunted to extinction - their feathers were used as hat plumes - but they are making a comeback.

Eating the fish

I am joining Stewart M's Wild Bird Wednesday HERE

45 comments:

Buttons said...

Wow great shots I cannot imagine using that beautiful bird for just the feathers I am so glad we learned our lessons. Love the Canada Goose Great Egret moment that is very cool. B

Halcyon said...

He looks like he's eying that goose in the first shot. :)

see you there! said...

Elegant bird, glad they are making a comeback.

Darla

The Furry Gnome said...

Great pictures!

Andy said...

I like the egret reflecting in the water.

Judy said...

I think egrets are so pretty, I'm glad they're making a come back.

Jill said...

Elegant and regal, indeed. I love that reflection shot!

TexWisGirl said...

beautiful shots with awesome reflections.

Sandra said...

I love the GREEN in the first and all those ripples and the reflection of that beautiful heron in the second...

Small City Scenes said...

Great images. Yes they are rather elegant. Look like a white Great Blue Heron. MB

Karen said...

Great shots, the second one is terrific, love the reflection!

Kerri Farley said...

I did NOT know that info about the Egrets being hunted like that..... So glad that isn't the case now (at least I hope it isnt') Super shots!

Judy said...

You show us such lovely birds and do it so well. It always surprises me when I hear about how short sighted people were to hunt any wildlife to the brink of extinction. It would have been such a shame to lose this beautiful bird.

Lisa Gordon said...

He is one very handsome fella!!

Chris Rohrer said...

These always capture the imagination. They are so graceful and beautiful! Nice shots!

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Beautiful shots! The egrets are graceful and pretty and I love the shot of him and the goose together.

Lowell said...

I love these beautiful birds and we have a lot of them in Florida. They are quick, too; I'll bet that wee fish had no idea what hit him/her!

llandudnopictures said...

A very adept fisher!

RedPat said...

I love the contrast between the 2 birds!

Michelle said...

I like those long, lean legs!

mick said...

Great photos. You've got to be quick to catch the action of an egret fishing!

Gary said...

Great hunting capture!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

There is definitely an elegance about this bird.Great pictures.

Rose said...

I love to see the egret in flight! Great capture of this one and its fish.

eileeninmd said...

Lovely shots of the egrets. I am so glad they made a come back.

Gordon said...

Great set of pics, timeing was good to get the fish moment.
Take care Gordon.

Margaret Adamson said...

Yes it is lovely to watch them fishing. Lovely reflection in 2nd shot

Brian King said...

Fantastic shots!

edenhills said...

Wonderful series. I just love the first shot with both birds and the reflections.

Nancy said...

You really did capture their beauty and elegance.....Love the reflections and ripples in the water....

Randy said...

Beautiful reflection in the second shot.

Kathy said...

We have lots of egrets and herons here in East Texas in our bayous.

Stephanie said...

He is beautiful with that lovely yellow beak.

prairiebirder said...

Great photos! Happy WBW!

Our photos said...

Beautiful photos!

Huldra said...

The yummi-picture shure has that wow- factor. Stunning! Thank you for sharing :)

Gunilla Bäck said...

Lovely shots! The egret is a beautiful bird.

Digi-Irma said...

Beautiful pictures of the egret.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

That second shot is a stunner EG. Awful to think these graceful birds might have been no more..the things the human race does in the name of fashion is shameful.

i stora drag said...

Very nice shots, like the one with the little fish!
I hope noone nowadays wants their feathers in hats!
Greetings Pia

Leora said...

That's great with the fish in the mouth! Glad to read the extinction threat is over. If only other problems could be overcome as well.

Sue said...

Egrets are funny-looking and cool-looking at the same time.

=)

NatureFootstep said...

seeing them together i kind of weird. Both are nice birds.

Wally Jones said...

Very nice captures!
I wish I could have that kind of success at fishing!

Truly an elegant bird.

Cezar and Léia said...

Not only elegant but very smart then! Good fisher! :)
God bless you!
Cezar

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