Spearing a Light Lunch

The Great Egret — as you can see in earlier posts on this blog — can spear and devour both mammals and fish bigger than its beak.  But some days it has to be content with a meal of appetizers, hoping that quantity will make up for quality.  That was the case for this bird at low tide around noon.  It stalked in the shallows a few yards from shore and plunged its head whiplike into the water.  More often than not, it came up with a little wiggling something that it unceremoniously downed.  Only once, when its prey was maybe two inches long, did the bird begin — but not follow through — on the dipping ritual that it uses with larger prey (see the links above).

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