Great Egret on Land

This Great Egret is usually seen stalking on the mud or in shallow waters.  But at noon today a very high tide blotted out every bit of that sort of habitat.  So, this bird took to the grass.  It stood and paced deliberately on the narrow strip of vegetation between the paved perimeter path and the steep dropoff to the water on the east side of the park.  People and dogs on leash didn’t seem to disturb it.  (It would be a foolish owner to let their dog get within pecking range of this dagger-nosed carnivore.)  I had to leave before I could tell if the bird was hunting land critters such as gophers or rodents, or was merely passing the time waiting for the tide to drop.  Wherever they are and whatever they’re doing, they’re impressive creatures.  

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