While photographing birds at J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, I captured a sequence of photographs of this Reddish Egret fishing in the shallows. Photographing a Reddish Egret while fishing is a real treat.
Reddish Egrets have very animated behavior while fishing. They run through the water, jump, spin, flap their wings, and (of course) spear at fish and crustaceans in the water. They almost look like they are doing a fishing dance.
Reddish Egrets have two color morphs: dark and white. This egret was a dark morph with a gray body and reddish colored neck and head. The white morph is white with grey legs and a yellow beak, almost looking like a Great Egret. The great Egret has black legs with a yellow beak.
J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge is a great place to observe and photograph Reddish Egrets and other wading birds. They several areas of shallow water and are especially good during low tide.
Written by Martin Belan