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Reddish Egrets

Jo O'Keefe Copyright 2013. Photos may be used for educational purposes only. Contact me with inquiries.

 

For years roughly between 2004 and 2012 an adult Reddish Egret foraged in the shallow tide pools on the East End of Sunset Beach. Above are two versions of a photo of the original egret.
In the summer of 2013, a juvenile Reddish Egret appeared in the same area, foraging in the tidal pools.
Reddish Egret, Sunset Beach, NC, 07/03/13
Yesterday I photographed the egret as it appeared to dance around, spreading its wings to cast a shadow in order to better see prey. The experience was delightful.
 
   
   
Reddish Egret in tide pool, Sunset Beach, NC, 08/21/13
 
These are the only other Reddish Egrets I have seen. Behind Bird Island on a mud flat, 10/01/05.