Saturday, September 1, 2012

Reddish Egret at Goleta Beach

Recently there has been a Reddish Egret hanging around at Goleta Beach County Park.  This is a fairly unusual visitor to the area.  Their home territory tends to be further south, and also the Gulf of Mexico and southeastern US.  They are fun to watch.  Most egrets and herons hunt by remaining fairly or quietly stalking their prey.  Not the Reddish Egret - they run and hop around, chasing the fish down.  I also noticed another little trick, the egret would remain still but quickly stamp a foot on the bottom, perhaps hoping to stir up or attract a little snack.

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