TRI-COLORED HERON HUFFS SNOWY EGRET: GILPIN POND, ABACO
We were at Gilpin Pond to watch for Herons and Egrets. Bahama Pintails were a given, Black-necked Stilts were likely – but one never quite knows what Ardeidae will turn up. There was a snowy egret fishing peacefully at the north end of the pond. We were a little way off, on a small wooden jetty. Slowly and rather deliberately a tri-colored wandered right through the Egret’s hunting area. It wasn’t looking for food, and it certainly wasn’t in a hurry.
Heron wading through my fishing spot? Like I care? [Yes. You really do]
I regret to say that Snowy threw a bit of a strop. Having been hunched and intent on his hunting, he became distracted and palpably upset. It was just… the heron’s meander right past his beak was a bit to much for any self-respecting egret to tolerate. This is how it went, as the heron moved very slowly forwards…
A bad hair day – but gradually regaining composure…
Then the heron got out of the water… out of the way. You’d think.
Not to be outdone, the egret followed behind, no doubt muttering crossly…
…and hopped up onto a dead tree stump, where it stood rather forlornly
At which point the heron flew off and perched high up on a dead branch. I swear I heard it laugh.
All photos RH. All anthropomorphic interpretations, too.