Fishing Great Egret

Fishing Great Egret

Great Migration

Fishing Great Egret!  It appears that the majority of the migratory birds here in Northwest Ohio have moved on.  Although there a still a few lurking in the area, the great numbers of birds has been reduced to a handful.  My last visit to the Boardwalk at Magee Marsh found it to be wide open with very few visitors.  It was a cloudy morning and the light was a little better for photographing.  No harsh light shining through the trees.  I walked along the boardwalk for an hour or so a did not find much to photograph.  I hopped into my car and travelled out along the road to the exit.  The road moves through the marsh area and I spotted several Great Egrets and Great Blue Herons fishing along the edges.  I quickly parked my car and walked along slowly as I approached the this Great Egret.  Once again the light was fairly nice and allowed me to photograph this white bird without too mu bright a light.  Always making sure I had detail in the white feathers can be a challenge.  This morning, it worked out very well.

Fishing Great Egret

Great Egret (Ardea alba).  Egrets can often be found in water areas either standing or walking along looking for food.  They often nest in colonies and mixed with other wading birds.  Their diet is mostly fish but may also eat frogs, salamanders, snakes, or aquatic insects.  Their nest is usually found in trees about 10-40 feet above the water.  The male locates the nesting area and then attracts the females.  Both the male and female work to build the nest.  The female can lay as many as 4 to 6 eggs.  The young are fed by regurgitation and will clamber out of the nest at 3 weeks, flying in about 6-7 weeks.  There are many Egrets located along waterways throughout Northwest Ohio.  After the migration many of them stay in the area and can be photographed throughout the rest of the season.

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