Great Balance

This is, I believe, the same Great Egret I saw on October 25. It’s a large, magnificent specimen. It stood poised on a dry log on the shore of the North Basin opposite the hotel. As I filmed, it decided to move just a bit, and skillfully navigated the log and the irregular rocks at the water’s edge. It impressed me with this motion. The bird’s legs are barely thicker than chopsticks and its body is a formidable mass precariously balanced high above. It used its wings to help it balance, like a human spreading arms.

Great Egret (Ardea alba)

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