In my recent post about birding Jamaica Bay’s East Pond I mentioned a very successful Snowy Egret. It caught fish after fish after fish in the vicinity of the Raunt, which is the birders’ name for the old tumbled-down docks whose pilings stick out of the mud of the East Pond. The egret used two different hunting strategies. Sometimes it would stand still and then suddenly plunge its head beneath the surface and sometimes it would dash about frenetically, wings and feet all akimbo, before it used the same sudden stab to snag its prey. It was odd to watch a single bird use such drastically different hunting styles and I really don’t have an explanation as to why.
Whatever the reason, both styles coupled with morning light made for a good opportunity to get some decent digiscoped shots of a Snowy Egret. Enjoy!
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These are great Corey! Love the first one especially.