A few minutes after the sun rose behind the East Bay hills, the water of the North Basin remained dark. The first rays lit up this Snowy Egret as if it were on fire. The bird perched low on the rocks along the east side of the park, waiting patiently for something of interest to swim by in the water inches below its feet. This is one of the largest Snowies I have seen — so large that from a distance I thought it was its bigger cousin, the Great Egret. While I watched, it caught nothing but the early rays. For my eyes, these few seconds were a feast.