Friday, December 20, 2013

Why did the egret cross the road?



To get to a coveted fishing spot! Why walk when you can fly? If I had wings, I'd fly everywhere!
Underneath the road, water from the lake flows to the other side. There is a rusty barrier/dam where fish get trapped.
Easy fishing for the egrets who are smart enough to figure this out.


All it takes is a little patience. They seem to take turns manning (birding?) this area.
Industrious and opportunistic creatures for sure.
Linking up with Eileen's Saturday's Critters. Thank you!!!

42 comments:

Evelyn S. said...

One of the interesting things about this bird is its natural shape...with the "design" of its neck, and then the way that shape seems to change when the bird stands "at rest." Beautiful.

Linda at To Behold The Beauty said...

Well, with long yellow legs like that, wouldn't you want to strut your stuff? :) Such beautiful and clever birds. Great shots, Gail.

Willow said...

Wonderful series of shots, thanks so much for sharing them.
Birds are fascinating creatures , then again as you know all animals seem to fascinate me to no end :)
I am always mesmerized with the texture of birds feathers.

don said...

A fine series showing the getting-food side of the egret. I like the detailed shot of this pretty bird.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

We could all learn a lot from their patience couldn't we? :)

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

We only have turkeys crossing the road here! Great shots.

TexWisGirl said...

beautiful snowy shots!!!

DeniseinVA said...

Your photos are fantastic! And what a very beautiful bird.

Betty Manousos said...

what an adorable post, my friend!
your photos are all superb!!
both technically and aesthetically.
ah, gail, your photos/posts are always worth the look!

big hugs!

EG CameraGirl said...

If I had wings, I'd fly too! ;)

stiefbeen said...

Hij moest van zijn therapeut meer gaan lopen ,goed voor de spijsvertering???

bailey-road.com said...

Beautiful and clever birds.

Buttons said...

OH Gail I see the Egret and you both have lots of patience and it shows in your AWESOME work. Beautiful captures as always my friend. Hug B

Jacquelineand.... said...

Absolutely gorgeous captures Gail (it doesn't hurt that the egret is my favourite 'big' bird) and your captions make it all complete.

schmidleysscribblins.com said...

Maybe he wanted to stretch his legs before dinner. Dianne

Beth Edwards said...

well, did the egret cross the road? ha. ha!! that is too hilarious!! i am giggling!! ( :

you know the chicken joke i am sure. ha. ha!! i am thinking we need to change that. egret is so much better. so i think. wonder if others will agree??!

Hilary said...

Wonderful series of pics, Gail. I love the commentary and each of the captures.. including the egret's own capture.

I think they cover so much territory in one or two wing beats that they'd probably overfly their destination as soon as their airborne. At least that's my take on why they sometimes walk instead of fly.

Carletta said...

Wonderful shots!
Life's been busy and I haven't been around much.
Merry Christmas to you and yours!
Catch you in the New Year! :)

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Looks like this is also a good place to capture great images of the Egrets.

Indrani said...

Lovely captures of tracking its graceful walk! They are a joy to see. :)

Barbara said...

These are so beautiful

eileeninmd said...

Smart bird, I hope it was careful crossing the road. Wonderful photos.

Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

HOOTIN ANNI said...

...and not only are they beautiful birds, they are definitely PATIENT!! Love the one with the caught fish.

Merry Christmas to you and your family Gail.

Barb Brookbank said...

Just incredible images of a beautiful bird!

Anvilcloud said...

I want to title this the Egret's Egress. :)

Amy Burzese said...

Great post, Gail! Merry, merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours!

Stephanie said...

You know Gail, you could write a book with your cute story lines and you can use your amazing photos for the pictures :) Love you, sweet lady!

acreativeharbor.com said...

Gorgeous 'critter' shots and love caption ~ thanks, carol, xxx

Merry Christmas ^_^

Gunilla Bäck said...

A gorgeous bird! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Pam :) said...

Not only is the snowy beautiful, it's also smart and a great fish catcher to boot.
Awesome captures, Gail.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I know -- it is funny to see the egrets and ibises walking all over here. (Course I'd never get any pics of them if they didn't walk instead of fly).

Lovely shots especially of the one with dinner.

Merry Christmas to you and your sweet hubby and Happy New Year.

genie said...

Sometimes I wish I had wings, too. What a great way to get from place A to place B. I had no idea that egrets did not have wings. These are wonderful up close shots. So much detail. White is beautiful.

Pallavi said...

How cute :) Merry Christmas Gail and thanks for voting for me in the expats blog awards. Giant hug and Much love your way :)

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Awesome shots!!! Thanks for sharing, and thanks for stopping by my blog to say HELLO! Merry Christmas to you and all!

rainfield61 said...

Just like us, birds do like to try something different.

Life is so plain, otherwise.

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

LOVE the shot with the Huge fish in his mouth!! Glad that road is not "well traveled" - at least at that moment!!

Linda said...

Wow! I've never seen once walking in the road!
Great set of photos!

Gail Dixon said...

Gut, dass ihm nichts passiert ist. Die ersten zwei Fotos sehen wirklich gefährlich aus. Aber was tut man nicht alles, wenn man Hunger hat.

Danke für ihre freundlichen Worte in meinem Blog und die netten Wünsche.

Auch ich wünsche Ihnen frohe Weihnachten und ein gesundes und glückliches neues Jahr,

mit lieben Grüßen, die Waldameise

Posted by Kleine Waldameise to Louisiana Belle at December 22, 2013 at 1:33 PM

Brian King said...

Beautiful! I love the solid white plumage and yellow legs on these guys! Makes them difficult to miss.

Renae of Simple Sequins said...

Gail, i missed this post.

I would say:
"to catch a fish".

Bob Pelkey said...

Although fish are a preferred food source for egrets, Gail, I wonder if your juvenile egret walking across the road had learned that there are other potential food morsels along the way. Lizards and grasshoppers might be examples.

Your Sugar Maple Christmas images are spectacular. I recommend you re-shoot. Use very fine black thread (creating invisibility) to dangle the leaf. Then contact Hallmark Cards.

Linda R said...

Too fun my friend. And fabulous snaps indeed..

Hugs~