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Snowy Egret On The Move
This Snowy Egret flew in as I was photographing other birds at the Bird and Nature Center on South Padre Island. S/he must have been hungry, because s/he immediately began chasing fish and whatever else s/he could find. I love this shot of him or her running over the water with those yellow feet!
From Cornell Labs: “Those brilliant yellow feet seem to play a role in stirring up or herding small aquatic animals as the egret forages. Breeding Snowy Egrets grow filmy, curving plumes that once fetched astronomical prices in the fashion industry, endangering the species. Early conservationists rallied to protect egrets by the early twentieth century, and this species is once again a common sight in shallow coastal wetlands.”
Photo taken on October 8, 2017, on South Padre Island, Texas