[CT Birds] Snowy Egrets, Once Fashion Victims, Always Elegant Predators - The New York Times

Arthur Shippee ashippee at snet.net
Fri Aug 5 20:39:07 EDT 2016


Now that you're done birding for the day, a nice reflection on the recovery of this lovely bird.

> http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/07/nyregion/snowy-egrets-once-fashion-victims-always-elegant-predators.html <http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/07/nyregion/snowy-egrets-once-fashion-victims-always-elegant-predators.html>
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> Snowy Egrets, Once Fashion Victims, Always Elegant Predators
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> There is nothing as white as a snowy egret, and few things are as graceful. Watching one hunt in the shallow waters of Hamilton Beach, Queens, one early morning, I was held rapt for almost an hour by the bird’s search for prey. Its image reflected perfectly in the dark mirror of the Hawtree Creek, it was as if two birds hunted. The scene was like a masterful Japanese print; minimal, carefully rendered and capturing an ancient truth. I pitied the school of killifish the bird had targeted.
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