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Snowy Egret With Dragon fly in beak

Egretta Thula

Description:

This looks like a juvenile blue heron. It is banded. I am not sure who banded him. He stood there for a long time . I thought he was looking for fish. Then all of a sudden I saw him swish up a dragon fly with his beak. On looking at the pictures i saw that a dragon fly was resting right below him. The heron pretended not to see it and then he caught it when it was off gaurd. There is a happy ending for the dragon fly . It was able to wriggle out of its beak. Picture number 2 shows the dragon fly right below him. Other pictures show it being caught and then trying to escape.

15 Comments

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 9 years ago

is it eating a variegated meadow hawk?

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 9 years ago

Thanks Liam and can you Id the Dragon Fly? :)

Liam
Liam 9 years ago

Yes, a Snowy Egret.

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 9 years ago

Thnx Antonio.

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 9 years ago

This egret was banded by the Audobon Society to monitor the migratory patterns.

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 9 years ago

Thanks again Rob. Quite a common sight her,That is why I am puzzled to see it banded on both legs. May be an escapee?

birdlady6000
birdlady6000 9 years ago

Lovely photos!

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 9 years ago

Thanks, Rob!

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 9 years ago

Any idea as to what kind of dragon fly is in the blue heron's beak? Meadow Hawk?

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 9 years ago

Annorion, Thank you!!
His mom was around. Looks like he is on his own now.There are a lot of blue gill and cat fish in the pond . Hope fully he will catch one!

annorion
annorion 9 years ago

Yep looks like a juvenile little blue. Great series! Hopefully he will learn to catch something a little more substantial to eat.

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 9 years ago

Gracias Harsuame!

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 9 years ago

Thanks Christy!

ChristyHolland
ChristyHolland 9 years ago

Emma, that's fantastic!! Wonderful capture!

harsuame
harsuame 9 years ago

Wow sensacional toma felicidades buen disparo

HemaShah
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HemaShah

Tulare, California, USA

Spotted on Jul 30, 2012
Submitted on Jul 30, 2012

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