Friday, October 10, 2008

Small Fish - 6 Great Egret - 1

I watched this spectacular bird from a distance of less than 100 feet (that's pretty close considering how jumpy they can be). During the 15 minutes or so that I watched it hunt, it managed only one minnow during in 7 attempts........

2 comments:

Lora said...

Paul-- I noticed many, many egrets recently at the little cove off Lake Erie by Summit Exit #2. Why are there so many as of late? Will they soon be gone for the season? I keep thinking I should take my camera but 6 am is a little early for me to be swamp stomping. See ya soon. L

Paul said...

Hello - this is the time of year when the Egrets are staging for their journey south. I would assume food resources draw them to that spot. They "fuel up" and will head out in the coming days. I would also bet that it is not the same bunch day after day; there are likely new arrivals filling spots left by vacating birds (even though it may look like the same birds everyday). I recall many years ago counting over 150 birds in one small lagoon at Lake Erie Metropark. A very impressive sight...