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Nest in colonies on thick vegetation in isolated places—such as barrier islands, dredge-spoil islands, salt marsh islands, swamps, and marshes. They often change location from year to year. During the breeding season Snowy Egrets feed in estuaries, saltmarshes, tidal channels, shallow bays, and mangroves. They winter in mangroves, saltwater lagoons, freshwater swamps, grassy ponds, and temporary pools, and forage on beaches, shallow reefs, and wet fields.
Due to previous stormy nights and high tide a large puddle had been formed in the sand trapping a school of small fish (see last photo). This Snowy Egret was taking full advantage of the situation. There were other Snowy Egrets seen on this day along this beach.