On a recent trip aboard Seanachai, our Catalina 22 sailboat, we anchored in Fishing Creek, just off the Intracoastal Waterway at Mile 501.5 between the North and South Edisto Rivers in South Carolina. The range of tide in the estuary is about 6 feet. I captured this Snowy Egret when the light and the tide were low–perfect time for me, but something in the moment ruffled his feathers!
I’ve been hoping for just the right opportunity to post the image and Our Eyes Open Bird Weekly Challenge Long Legged Birds seems like the perfect fit!
Ken Kauffman, a writer for the National Audubon Society says this about the Snowy Egret, “A beautiful, graceful small egret, very active in its feeding behavior in shallow waters. Known by its contrasting yellow feet, could be said to dance in the shallows on golden slippers. The species was slaughtered for its plumes in the 19th century, but protection brought a rapid recovery of numbers, and the Snowy Egret is now more widespread and common than ever. Its delicate appearance is belied by its harsh and raucous calls around its nesting colonies.”