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Dance of the Great Egret

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Of course, the egret here is not really dancing, but landing in the marsh after circling the same pool filled with prey.

Dance of the Great Egret
14 September 2009
Dune Road, East Quogue?, NY

Written by Allison Frost

October 24, 2009 at 6:45 pm

The Egret in the Puddle (Part V)

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The Egret in the Puddle (Part V)
13 April 2009
Dune Road, Hampton Bays/East Quogue, NY

The Egret in the Puddle (Part IV)

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Part IPart IIPart III

The Egret in the Puddle (Part IV)
13 April 2009
Dune Road, Hampton Bays/East Quogue, NY

The Egret in the Puddle (Part III)

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The Egret in the Puddle (Part II)

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Part I

The Egret in the Puddle (Part II)
13 April 2009
Dune Road, Hampton Bays/East Quogue, NY

The Egret in the Puddle

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Okay, so it’s a little more than a puddle — but not by much. This snowy egret was stalking little fishy prey in the tidal pools that appear by the side of Dune Road when high tide comes around. Smaller than his Great Egret compadres, I’ve often heard folks mistake the snowy egret for a juvenile great. One of the best ways to establish which you’re looking at is to look at the color of his beak, which on a snowy egret will be black.

The Egret in the Puddle
13 April 2009
Dune Road, Hampton Bays/East Quogue, NY

The Birds on Main St.

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No picture to this post. Sorry — I didn’t have my camera with me, nor would I have had time to whip it out.

I was walking along Main Street yesterday (corner of Main and Moniebogue, when all of a sudden, I see a bird dive bomb onto the sidewalk and hear little squeaky cries — the bird I can see cages (like I saw a falcon do to its fake prey on a Discovery show about falconing) and then takes off again as the prey keeps squealing.

I think, based on the very quick look I got, that it might be a sharp shinned hawk. The coloring and the size seems about right, but again, it was a very quick look and I usually rely on the pictures I take to make ids.

The experience was awesome and terrible at the same time.