This photo was sent to us from longtime guest Scott N. from Indianapolis, IN.
“An Indianapolis camera store, which has been in business 60 years, hosts a gallery night once a year. As a part of that, they ask people to submit images for consideration to be on display that evening. I submitted this image to them, and they chose the image to be on display in their gallery for two months last fall. This is a Great Egret which I saw last April at Ding Darling.”
Long-legged Great Egrets wade in shallow water (both fresh and salt) to hunt fish, frogs, and other small aquatic animals. They typically stand still and watch for unsuspecting prey to pass by. Then, with startling speed, the egrets strike with a jab of their long, S-curved neck and daggerlike bill.
For a great video of the Great Egret from the Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, click here!