Monday, April 11, 2011
Great Egret - 2011
For the many bird watchers and photographers, Long Pond is also a great place for viewing. In fact, it is possible to sit in the bird blind and watch the spectacular show unfold. It has been overflowing with visitors this week. Better take a chair if you plan to stay.
This bird is in its breeding plumage and has a flowing extension of fine feathers trailing behind. It is a rare treat to see. The Great Egret is also something of a contortionist and is very active feeding and flying the length of the pond. I watched today as it lifted off and flew the full length of the pond from West to East. It swooped down in front of a man fishing on the East end. I would have loved to have heard what he said when this large, ghostly bird invaded his space.