Ardeidae Ardea alba Great Egret St Marks National Wildlife Refuge Walkulla County Florida

Great Egret – St Marks National Wildlife Refuge

In the process of landing, this Great Egret Ardea alba appears to be walking on Tiptoe near dusk in the St Marks National Wildlife Refuge, Walkulla County, Florida.1


1 Great Egret. Identification, All About Birds – Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Web. 09 Apr. 2017.


camera: Nikon D3 | lens: AF Nikkor VR 400mm f/2.8G IF-ED
focal length: 400mm | exposure: f/5 – 1/3200th second – ISO 500

Spear Fishing Ardeidae Ardea alba Great Egret St Marks National Wildlife Refuge Walkulla County Florida

Great Egret – St Marks National Wildlife Refuge

Wading in waters of St Marks National Wildlife Refuge near sunset, a Great Egret Ardea alba goes Spear Fishing. "The Great Egret eats mainly small fish but also eats amphibians, reptiles, birds, small mammals and invertebrates such as crayfish, prawns, shrimp, polychaete worms, isopods, dragonflies and damselflies, whirligig beetles, giant water bugs, and grasshoppers. It hunts in belly-deep or shallower water in marine, brackish, and freshwater wetlands, alone or in groups. It wades as it searches for prey, or simply stands still to wait for prey to approach."1


1 Great Egret. Identification, All About Birds – Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Web. 09 Apr. 2017.


camera: Nikon D3 | lens: AF Nikkor VR 400mm f/2.8G IF-ED
focal length: 400mm | exposure: f/16 – 1/200th second – ISO 500

Wings Outstretched Ardeidae Ardea alba Great Egret St Marks National Wildlife Refuge Walkulla County Florida

Great Egret – St Marks National Wildlife Refuge

A Great Egret Ardea alba glides above the water with Wings Outstretched near dusk in St Marks National Wildlife Refuge, Walkulla County, Florida. "Great Egrets fly slowly but powerfully: with just two wingbeats per second their cruising speed is around 25 miles an hour."1


1 Great Egret. Identification, All About Birds – Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Web. 09 Apr. 2017.


camera: Nikon D3 | lens: AF Nikkor VR 400mm f/2.8G IF-ED
focal length: 400mm | exposure: f/5 – 1/3200th second – ISO 500