Well…yesterday evening in the salt marsh started out quietly enough. There were a few birds waiting around for the tide to start coming in bringing fish along with it. But then the snowy egret got the whole place in an uproar when it spotted one decent sized fish that was trying to make it’s way along a narrow channel of water between the oyster beds. The snowy, in his excitement over seeing the fish, announced it to the entire marsh by running and dancing around wildly in an attempt to capture the fish! This is the universal signal to other birds that somebody found something really good and it might just be available for the taking. The closest competitor in this case was a great egret who quickly snatched up the fish before anyone else could get there!
The egret then spotted trouble coming which was a great blue heron. The egret also knew the heron could take the fish if he didn’t act immediately. Wading birds like this egret don’t often fly with their catch, they generally take their time with a fish. But this egret knew it had no time at all because the great blue was closing in rapidly so…the egret took off with it’s prize, landing among the oyster beds where it did the quickest gulp in history to get the fish down before the heron could take it! The great blue meanwhile…realizing it had lost a prime opportunity, displayed it’s frustration and displeasure with this very impressive posturing pose. We were all duly impressed…but the egret did end up with the fish!