Date: 28 July 2018. Isis, a
It all began with a juvenile night
heron. Later many herons joined in the feeding fracas. A new
visitor is Isis. She's a snowy egret. I have become quite fond of
her too. She never bangs her beak on my hatch. Instead she squawks
until I deliver hotdogs.
This is Isis:
Isis is a snowy egret. She has black legs and bright
Snowy egrets are smaller herons. They look delicate. I have seen
them along this coast frequently.
There is a snowy egret hiding
↑ under the dock.
The range of these fish hunters is
extensive. SNOWY EGRETS
↓ are found along
the seaboard, inland lakes and rivers.
The SNOWY EGRET puffs out
feathers when establishing dominance.
Quite often you will see these
birds wading along a shoreline. They are very quick. When I toss the
hotdogs wafers at the snowy egrets, I notice they catch the pieces in
mid-flight. My herons wait until the hotdog treat is on the deck.
Snowy egrets snap their beak when
catching food. You can hear a definite click. Very seldom does *Isis
miss when I throw the hotdog wafers.
*Isis is her name because she acts
a bit regal. As there are two that visit Seaweed, both share the
same name. I do not know how to determine genders.
I hold a piece of hotdog between my finger and thumb. Isis will
delicately take it.
The snowy egret has never poked my finger. She is
I feed two egrets semi-regularly. There are two though I cannot
recognize which is which.
The only reason I know there are two is because occasionally both
show up. Then the duo get all huffy.
I was concerned about feeding
the birds too much. I want them to always be able to fish for
themselves. The snowy egrets do not rely on me for their main food
Generally I feed Isis on my
transom. She will fly down to the swim platform and wash her food.
I believe Isis is arranging the hotdog for easier swallowing. I have noticed
bits of the 'dog will wash off and sink.
Suddenly she will crouch. Isis
stares intently at the water. Sometimes I will be able to see a fish
down there too. Then BLINK.
She's caught a fish in her beak.
↓ Isis is an amazing fisherman.
She is QUICK!!!
Snowy egrets will
submerge their entire head
and neck in the water when catching their prey.
Isis walked over and dipped her beak in the water.
She was attempting to straighten out the fish for a
"down the hatch" moment.
The fish was about 2 1/2" long and quite fat too. I did not think
Isis could eat such a large fish.
Though I know this is nature,
I admit I was hoping the fish would escape. It did so. That fish
bounced twice on the water before it plunged beneath the surface.
The escapee dove to freedom beneath the mangrove.
I was happy for
that little fish.
As for the snowy egrets that
visit, I have started cutting the hotdog pieces thinner. For her I
slice them 1/8" thick. Night herons get 1/4" thick hotdog wafers.
Sometimes I will take a larger thicker piece and break it into
halves for Isis. Those seem easier for the snowy egrets to swallow.
This is Bruce the Night Heron
Mostly I feed a flock of night herons. Snowy egrets
are relatively new to the group. Isis is particularly friendly.
She normally stands where Bruce is in this photograph. He has
just chased her off.
The night herons do get food aggressive. I told you
about that tale of woe in the
Meet the Culprit (styptic)
Isis is a neat bird. I enjoy watching her.
Thanks for reading.
I'd love to hear what wild critters you watch.
And, do you feed any of the wildlife in your vicinity?
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