Great Egret with a MulletGreat Egret with a Mullet – Nikon D200, f7.1, 1/640, ISO 160, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 360mm, natural light, not baited

I remember the morning I took this photo well, it was a warm morning in February at Fort De Soto’s north beach, the Great Egret was in the tidal lagoon near the Concession Stand and it had been actively hunting when it came up with this Mullet. The Mullet struggled hard but the egret kept the wiggling fish in its bill and walked slowly to the shoreline to swallow the Mullet there.

To catch moments like this or experiences like I had recently with a Prairie Falcon with a Northern Shoveler as prey I have to spend a lot of time in the field and that certainly isn’t a chore, it is a joy.