White morph Reddish Egret on the huntWhite morph Reddish Egret on the hunt – Nikon D200, handheld, f6.3, 1/1250, ISO 250, Nikkor 70-300mm VR at 250mm, natural light

Yesterday I featured a Snowy Egret and today I am presenting another big white wading bird; the white morph of a Reddish Egret. Both the white and dark morphs of Reddish Egrets are great fun to watch as they hunt because they dance, twirl, whirl and stumble along like a “drunken sailor”.

This Reddish Egret in breeding plumage sure presented a funny pose and didn’t seem to care a bit that I that was sitting on the shoreline photographing it when it rushed towards me. I could almost see the newspaper headline “Bird photographer in a hit and run accident with a large white wading bird, whose feathers got ruffled?”

Fortunately I must not have looked like food and the egret didn’t spear me with its sharp bicolored bill.