Sunday, August 27, 2017
"Down the Hatch" with a Great Egret
The environment, plus my bevy of bird feeders, baths and houses, is very hospitable to our feathered friends.
Case in point, two days ago I came home from work and from my driveway I see this Great Egret near the edge of the pond with what I could tell right away is a fish in its beak.
I happened to take my camera, a Canon SX 50 "super zoom" model, to work that day, so I only had to open my car trunk to get it.
Quickly and quietly I moved closer to the big bird, while still maintaining distance so I wouldn't scare it away before any photos were taken.
The fish is a crappie or brim, I suspect. There are fish in the small golf course pond. I have caught these types of fish, plus bass, in the pond.
Could it really swallow the fish in its entirety down its narrow throat?
Yes it could and did!
No one ever said nature is always a pretty thing to see!