A Great Egret Stalks Snacks at the Rattray Marsh

Recently, near the end of May, I had the pleasure of watching a Great Egret stalking through the waters of the Rattray Marsh in Mississauga. I saw it catch three fish and one piece of wood. (It declined to eat the wood!)

Watching a Great Egret Hunting for Food

Unlike the Great Blue Herons that I’ve watched, the Great Egret seems to lift its head on a tall, fairly straight neck frequently when hunting. This pose gave me a good idea of just how far it could reach if it needed to.

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Searching for something worth catching.

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Drawing back after the range and location is fixed.

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Tightening the “elastic” for the swift strike.

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Success!

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The prize: a fresh fish.

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Gulp.

I enjoyed this glimpse into the normal behaviour of a bird. I hope to get another chance to watch one on another visit!


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