Calling All Bird Brains

We’ve been mesmerized daily by what we were assuming is an egret. But in doing some googling, we aren’t so sure it is an egret, rather we think it might be a bird in the heron family. Or an ibis, but is an ibis in the egret family? Inquiring minds want to know.

We have so many unanswered questions and hope you all are smarter than we are to tell us what we need to know.

  1. Is this actually an egret?
  2. Is it a male or female we see foraging every morning?
  3. Do they mate for life?
  4. What can they possibly eat with such a long thin neck?
  5. Do they have an inner clock to know what time high tide is? He shows up almost exactly the same time every day.
  6. Is there a family back in the mango grove or would he live alone?
  7. Do they eat just once a day?
  8. Is their vision that remarkable that they can actually SEE the fish in the water? Note that in the video he watched the entire time, never actually eating a thing. We stopped the camera well past the minute mark. He’s a patient soul.

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The last video was taken one of our first days here, the video I tried to post earlier and WP spit it back. Here it is now.

7 thoughts on “Calling All Bird Brains

  1. http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/snowy_egret/lifehistory

    Among the most elegant of the herons, the slender Snowy Egret sets off immaculate white plumage with black legs and brilliant yellow feet. Those feet seem to play a role in stirring up or herding small aquatic animals as the egret forages. Breeding Snowy Egrets grow filmy, curving plumes that once fetched astronomical prices in the fashion industry, endangering the species. Early conservationists rallied to protect egrets by the early twentieth century, and this species is once again a common sight in shallow coastal wetlands.

  2. Good catch, Swanton.

    1. yes
    2. male
    3. Does anybody?
    4. Long skinny fish.
    5. Yes to clock, but high tide lags 56 min. Per day.
    6. Black mangrove, not back in the mango grove.
    7. No.
    8. Yes, but diving Pelicans are the really amazing ones.

    1. 6. I’m thinking the EOS’s are knocking back one too many mango colada’s for that slip of the tongue. I didn’t catch it myself until you pointed it out. Funny.

      Swanton nailed it.
      From Wikipedia:
      The great egret also known as common egret, large egret or great white heron, is a large, widely distributed egret. Distributed across most of the tropical and warmer temperate regions of the world, in southern Europe it is rather localized.

  3. It’s Friday. No pictures? I would have sent some but my environment hasn’t changed. Same old snow plus yesterday’s dusting. Went by the beach but couldn’t see it. The parking lot is where the downtown- such as it is- snow has been dumped.
    No snow today and the sun was out. Still below freezing and inclement weather on tap for Sunday night. Inclement. Sounds nicer than snow, don’t you think?

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