Great Egret and a Mullet- The Great Egret Wins

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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.

Mia

8 Comments

  1. Jim Miller November 16, 2012 at 5:55 am

    Beautiful shot, Mia. And indeed, time in the field should always feel like time well-spent. When it feels like a chore, then it has stopped being a passion and it is time for some other pursuit. Happy shooting – jim

    • Mia McPherson November 16, 2012 at 6:55 am

      Jim, I love being in the field and connecting with nature and i don’t think I will ever tire of it. Thanks so much for your comment.

  2. Rohrerbot November 15, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    It’s a complete joy….I agree….and you get those shots so well:)

  3. Wally November 15, 2012 at 9:22 am

    Beautiful shot! I love mullet almost as much as this Great Egret! Will be at the fort next week for a combination birding/fishing day. — Wally

    • Mia McPherson November 16, 2012 at 6:49 am

      Wally, I hope you have an awesome time at Fort De Soto, I always did! Thanks for your comment.

  4. Bob Bushell November 15, 2012 at 6:02 am

    Love it, I wouldn’t like to be the Mullet!

    • Mia McPherson November 16, 2012 at 6:49 am

      I wouldn’t like to be the Mullet either Bob! Thanks for commenting.

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