This pair of Mallard ducks was surprised to see the Great Egret wading in their territory. The drake’s beak was wide open as he gazed in wonderment at this intruder to “their” canal. Hmm – so, should they chase it away, or just marvel at this tall, skinny bird which looked like it needed a good fish dinner to fatten it up?
This gal was also gobsmacked by its sudden appearance in the canal at Elizabeth Park. I don’t see many Great Egrets at this venue. I’ve seen them at Lake Erie Metropark, but for the past two years, the Cherry Island Trail has been so soggy and muddy that I’ve not ventured down that path to the inlet where I’ve seen a Great Egret or two in the past.
So, just like my feathered friends, seeing this regal-looking, snow-white waterfowl was a treat.
The infatuation soon wore off (as to the Mallards) and the pair swam away.
So the Egret was free to prance about the canal and enjoy the peace and solitude.
But I was greedy for a better look at it and inched ever closer to the canal bank.
It was all good until suddenly this big bird caught sight of me and off he went in the blink of an eye. Anyone know what types of treats Egrets like for next time? 🙂