Great egret
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I'll admit I had better shots of this magnificent water bird, but I had to post this one for its comic value. I need a good chuckle at the moment. This was taken back at my now favourite Swan river spot; Alfred Cove. This wasn't shot there tonight, but I was back there a couple of hours ago taking shots of the moonrise and I was stunned to witness 3 things. First, coming along the freeway I noticed the not too uncommon spectacle of a pelican roosting (if that's an appropriate term) on one of the large freeway lights, and then another, and then another - in fact no less than 6 pelicans in a row. Remarkable to see these huge birds atop the huge lights all in various states of self grooming in the late afternoon sun. I will have photos of that soon for sure. Second, when I got down to the water's edge and began to set up to await the moonrise I began to witness large fish regularly leaping out of the water to catch insects. Sadly not regularly enough for me to actually capture a photo of the brief spectacle - though I will keep trying. And then finally, sitting down on the sand behind tall grass and away from other people, I heard a rustle and peered into the dusk shadows to see a small dog run out of the grass. Except this small dog had a fox-like head, a fox-like tail, and, damn me if it wasn't a fox. Right in the middle of Alfred Cove/Melville. It ran swiftly and silently up the edge of the river bank and quickly disappeared into the darkness, leaving me with no doubt that it was a real feral fox. An unbelievable and somewhat depressing find in what is otherwise a brilliantly succesful wetland restoration project. So I will contact the City of Melville, who oversee the restoration, in the morning and let them know. Oh well, 2 out of 3 ain't bad.

13 Comments on "Great egret"

  • nogger // 2006-02-14 03:13:20

    Neat photo. How did foxes get over there?
  • leisa // 2006-02-14 03:40:32

    brilliant shot... nogger.. the poms(english) brought them over for hunting
  • owen // 2006-02-14 03:45:12

    Superb - very comic. Typical of us poms to introduce foxes over there. Didn't we introduce the rabbits as well?
  • Lino // 2006-02-14 07:02:27

    Great egret.... Grat photo .... as always..
  • Lino // 2006-02-14 07:04:02

    I mean... Great Photo as always
  • Chuck // 2006-02-14 09:14:04

    You've just taught me something. I didn't know that Aus had no indigenous foxes. Goes to show when man plays with nature we often err. Great shot of the Egret. He's saying peek a boo
  • Steven // 2006-02-14 09:16:49

    Great depth of field there Doc! The egret looks like a participant in Monty Pythons "How Not to be Seen" sketch.
  • david // 2006-02-14 11:53:24

    Love the framing! He looks so funny with his head sticking up from behind the grass. cheers
  • Kim // 2006-02-14 16:16:54

    This is great. I had a wonderful belly laugh as soon as I saw it. It reminds me of an elephant trying to hide behind a light pole in a cartoon. I love it.
  • Kim // 2006-02-14 16:22:15

    Opps, sorry for the second comment but I had to share. You mentioned the fox and thought I'd share my experience at Yosemite National Park in California one very early morning with camera in tow. I was greeted from around a bend in the path by a bobcat not six feet from me. He just strolled along not even giving me a second glance. I was so stunned that all the pictures I got were horrible. Then again, bobcats are supposed to be in the woods in America. I was part of the introduced species in his habitat.
  • Beilby // 2006-02-14 18:00:12

    Wow - what an awesome experience!
  • mikhail // 2006-02-17 02:31:29

    great shot! love the framing and the bird is placed perfectly
  • Ryan // 2006-03-14 05:44:16

    Very interesting shot...it really makes you look. I love how the long thin grasses compliment the long white neck.

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