Great Egret and a Mullet- The Great Egret Wins

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

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About Mia McPherson

I am a nature lover, wildlife watcher and a bird photographer. I first become serious about bird photography when I moved to Florida in 2004 and it wasn’t long before I was hooked (addicted is more like it). My move to the Salt Lake area of Utah was a great opportunity to continue observing their behavior and to pursue my passion for photographing birds.

8 Comments

  1. 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

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

  3. 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

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

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