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Reddish egret

I can never get enough of these reddish egrets (Egretta rufescens). They are so beautiful, especially with their breeding colors as shown here, but they are really entertaining to watch as they run around trying to catch fish. They'll stand perfectly still for a period of time, often stretching out their wings to create shade that attracts fish, then either try to grab them out of the water below them or they go running after them in the shallow waters. I managed to get a few decent shots despite the overcast conditions. I will have to take a video next time I have this close of a view to one, but in the meantime, watch this clip someone posted on Youtube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBiEUbfhQBo

More reddish egret info:
https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Reddish_Egret/id

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