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Great Egret (catches a fish)

Ardea alba


A three-image time series showing a Great Egret catching a fish. Can anyone ID the fish in the bird's bill? If I were to make a wild guess, then I'd say the fish is some type of sunfish.


Huntley Meadows Park, a 1,425 acre wetland area in Fairfax County, Virginia USA. Related Resource:


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Geodialist 8 years ago

I consulted David Lawlor, Resource Manager, Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County Park Authority, for help in identifying the fish. According to David, "I would say you are correct -- the fish is a sunfish of some type and my first guess would be a green sunfish, but it is hard to tell from the picture." Thanks, David! Related Resource:

Arun 8 years ago

nice capture ..

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Virginia, USA

Spotted on Apr 17, 2012
Submitted on Apr 19, 2012

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