The egrets were plentiful and beautiful...
|My favorite birds to see in flight, fishing, and just strutting are egrets- here a great egret takes flight from the water with perfect lift and little disruption to the waters surface.|
|So sad they will be leaving us for the winter. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the migratory bird treaty, one of the major pushes to create this treaty was that egrets were almost hunted to extinction. In particular, the smaller snowy egret and great egret were primary targets while nesting, where 100's of birds could be hunted as they nest communally in rookeries. Both snowy and great egrets have amazing plumes during the breeding season but thankfully, these birds (and many others) are now protected by federal law.|
|Credit to Tim for this shot :)|
|And one kestrel, because again, always touted as "the smallest N. American falcon," which makes you sound petite and cute-- but again...|
|...that is the look of a badass about to strike with dinosaur prowess.|