Reddish Egret at Bolsa Chica

Reddish Egret

Reddish Egret

 

Reddish Egret catching fish

Reddish Egret catching fish

 

Reddish Egret

Reddish Egret

 

Reddish Egret

Reddish Egret

 

I photographed a Reddish Egret at Bolsa Chica Preserve in Huntington Beach, CA after many previous attempts at getting this close. The best time appears after low tide when the current is coming in but still lots of shallow water. This Egret has an almost comical hunting  tactic as it dances and spreads it wings in order to confuse and herd its prey of small fish, crustaceans, and insects in the shallow water. They tend to run back and forth, wildly flapping their wings and then capturing the prey with their sharp beaks. Their range barely reaches into  S Cal and there are very few birds in our area. Have not seen any reports on breeding yet here.