Why Did the Egret Cross the Island?


To Get to the Other Side, of Course

Wildlife gets me curious what they are up to, especially those that do very little other than stand around and look pretty. So when they head somewhere, I want to know why. Usually, I am the reason why, but not this time.


But I have to question, since the island is long, why did he just not fly to the other end? Others do. Did he want to show off and strut his stuff? Oh I guess this can be a girl, but I can’t tell.

Standing is something the Great Egret is often seen doing. It makes for getting a decent portrait, but not a lot of interest.


They stand motionless for long periods of time. Most often, they are very far away, like my strutting egret. When they are far away and on the move, well, it mostly takes a prayer to get a shot. I am very limited with my equipment, and so wish I could win a Lotto to upgrade. You gotta play though as the slogan says.


Some days, you do get lucky (and even win $1,689.00 with 5 numbers out of six in the Lotto. I thought I was going to get a million dollars, no such luck) and walk right up to birds. I was especially lucky because park police stopped to see what I was doing. He was really nice and let me stay parked illegally for as long as I wanted. The above photo and about 30 more came as a result. But next post, you will see I was really lucky when I got to my destination. Another big bird made my day.

I have been doing a lot of bird photography here and the priority and challenge has always been birds in action. It takes many years of practice and also a very fast camera and long lens to get those magazine shots. A Lotto win might get me halfway there.


The egret still is traveling.  Why the heck do they have such tiny eyes? The object for me is to focus on the eye and those little peepers are small.


So anyway, what is this bird up to since that is what the post is to be about? I am babbling along because it did take the egret a long time to cross the island. It is not like they sprint.

Since they are waders and not swimmers, you probably guessed. It is fishing, but I was wondering why it crossed the small island when fishing seemed fortuitous where it was on the other side.

So why move GE? And again why not fly like your buddy did?


Bigger fish? I am getting impatient here GE.

I want to see the deathblow with a quick thrust of that pointy bill. Fire in the hole!

Great-Egret-8Let’s see. Successful?

Egret-FishingYes and no. This egret got a fish, but it was a tiny minnow, so unperceivable that when it raised its head to swallow, I saw nothing in its usual big gulp. He certainly did not make his friends jealous. They were probably snickering.

All that waiting for him to walk the island and I get nothing. Maybe they were snickering at me too. Welcome to the world of nature photography.


Time for more waiting.

Next post see what a great blue heron did! I was pleased until the end anyway.



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17 Responses to Why Did the Egret Cross the Island?

  1. Great photos. I’m glad someone like you is patient enough to get those shots. It struck me as odd to see one on the branches of a tree. I learn a lot from your pictures!

  2. Great photos my friend.

  3. I enjoyed these photos and the accompanying story. I guess those Great Egrets are an enigma, to be unraveled maybe by more patient watching.

  4. Beautiful – love Egrets and Herons 🙂 Happy Weekend!

  5. My Heartsong says:

    I can relate to the waiting game as well as being quick to respond to the bird’s actions. At first I am happy to get shots , then later when my photos improve, with focus, highlight in the eye, clear shots, etc. I dump the originals.The photos with the yellow flowers match its bill, and I do like the action shots and ones that show behaviour.

  6. it takes a very inquisitive, patient and talented person to take these shots! Thank you for being all three [and much more]! Happy weekend and Summer Solstice tomorrow – summer is officially here! 🙂

  7. Debra says:

    Great shots! Catching that white in flight is just stunning.

  8. I love your photos and story. I guess we all want to win lottery to upgrade our camera gear. My camera is mega slow even on stationary objects but you have taken some awesome photos. 😀

  9. As always gorgeous photos. And such an elegant bird. Oh, how I miss them. Too little water in AZ for them!

  10. Loved all the photos, but the one with the outstretched wings was amazing!

  11. Your curiosity pays off, Donna. Just tell the egrets and herons to cross my pond without stealing our fish. I see them but haven’t captured a picture. Yours are stunning even without the upgrade. P. x

  12. Jet Eliot says:

    Wow, Donna–These are spectacular photos. I especially like the second one, with the light shining through his bill. Impressive patience, too, for I know how slowly wading birds hunt. 🙂

  13. bittster says:

    Beautiful as usual, and I love the story. Another vote for the in flight photo! The light and shadow on the wings is great, and the detail of the wing feathers is so sharp. wow.

  14. Annette says:

    Great images, Donna, and nice to have a bird model that actually doesn’t mind being photographed 🙂

  15. A.M.B. says:

    Ha! This was very amusing (“Usually, I am the reason why, but not this time.”). Great pictures and great post, as usual.

  16. Brilliant post Donna, Egrets are beautiful birds to observe and photograph and more so Great egrets, I’ve only ever had the opportunity to photograph a Great egret once and I was in awe by its size, so much bigger than the more common Little egrets we have here in the UK or the close equivalent of cattle egrets that you have on your side of the world, if you watch them closely in shallow water as they make slow steps they stop and vibrate their foot just under the water to release any small invertebrate that are in the soft mud and if anything is realised they strike down to take it … beautiful to watch 🙂

  17. I have heard many nature photographers say patience, patience as they take many pictures and wait a long time to get the shots. You have amazing pics of the GE…lucky you with the lotto and the park police allowing you to stay. Lucky for us too!

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