This video shows how flexible the Egret’s neck is while preening its feathers. This bird is so white, I can’t imagine how difficult it is to keep itself so brilliantly clean that it shines in the sunlight.
Its plumage seems like silky strands of flowing hair instead of the kind of stiff looking feathers that a bird generally has. It really is a beautiful bird to see in person.
I was so lucky the footage in this next video – one day on an impulse I got a ride to the wetlands and walked for a while, through some large mud puddles even. Then I spotted this glowing figure in a tree, it was almost like a ghost.
The Egret took flight and landed about 15 feet from me and began its hunt for dinner.
Its a heron? its a stork? NO!! Its Great White Egret!!!
Watching, waiting… with stillness that is unmatched.
This bird knows just when to strike.
My favorite picture of the lot.
Meep? What happened, you are so thin from the front!!
Posed to strike.
Prey swallowed in one swift GULP!
Gracefully curved neck.
It strikes like a cobra!
I love how it thrusts its beak into the air and then walks slowly with its body, seeming as though it needs to catch up with its own neck.
Another successful catch.
On a visit to the wetlands we saw a Great Blue Heron, which coincidentally landed just as we got there. I’ve never been so close to a heron before, it was really magnificent. Here is the video, which is followed by some still shots.
The above picture is the only shot of it that I got with my better quality camera before the battery died.
It was such a slow moving bird, when it moved it was so subtle that you wouldn’t have noticed it from afar.
The Redwing Blackbird had good reason to be defensive, especially if it has a nest because the Great Blue Heron is a predatory bird and eats eggs and hatchlings.
Heres some action shots:
While visiting our local wetlands the other day, my daughter and me got to see a Belted Kingfisher!
We were both surprised and amazed to see more than just ducks and tadpoles. There were actually three of these little blue “mohawk” birds chasing each other around a fixed track, almost like they were racing. They kept repeating the chase over and over, I do wish my camera battery had lasted long enough to get footage of this.
So here is the brief clip I got of one of the birds resting on a branch between laps.
Here is the swamp, I have more videos to post later… ducks and other more “common” Oregon wildlife.