Some folks see shallow water ways along side of a highway as a boundary however, these riparian zones are an irreplaceable ecosystem for numerous species of mammals, fish, birds, insects, and vegetation near primary waterways (streams and lagoons). A late morning walk along a zone provided glimpses at a Great Egret while stalking, fishing, and feeding.
Piercing into water on a shallow trajectory.
Reorienting the catch to swallow.
Great opening its throat while preparing to swallow.
Rapid strike into shallows blows water into the air with dynamic force.
Juvenile Snowy Egret continues to build its hunting/fishing skills in the new wetlands marsh on the northwest acerage associated with the Arcata Wildlife Sanctuary. Arcata, California.
Get more information about the Wildlife Sanctuary, visit: http://arcatamarshfriends.org/