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Morningside Great Egret

On an absolutely gorgeous day, sunny and temps in the low 70s, I headed over to the Cathedral and Morningside Park just past 5:00 for a look around. No sign of the red-tail hawks, but there was a great egret picking off the small fish in the park pond.

Morningside Great Egret

Possibly this egret has been around for a few days, as one of the neighborhood folks told Donna and I on Tuesday (while on hawk nest stake-out) that she had seen an egret earlier that day.

Although he, or she, would fly to the back of the pond whenever someone got unexpectedly close, he would also approach quite closely if you were calm. I sat down on the bank and he approached within 10 feet.

Morningside Great Egret

And as you can see from the pix, there was actually sunlight reaching the pond area. Yes, because these pix were taken 2 hours before official sunset. Morningside Great Egret Even during the 20-25 minutes that passed as I watched the egret, shadows from the bluff were shifting from covering half the pond to two-thirds or more.

There were, of course, other water fowl at the pond. Two geese and two mallards swam out from behind the island, leading one to suspect that there may be a set of nests hidden away back there.

As I was leaving at 5:45 and got partway up the park stairs, something must have startled the egret more than the usual lunging three-year-old, as he took flight and circled around once.

Morningside Great Egret

And then alit in a treetop close by.

Morningside Great Egret

Posted 4/10/2008 10:32:00 PM by Robert

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