When I first started to get serious about keeping a photo record of the wildlife in and around our wetland, I expressed fears to my daughter Aimee. Photographs were filling files on my desk top at an alarming rate. I knew it wouldn’t take long before I’d totally lose track of where to find photos… and worse, remember what the photos were.
Then, Aimee to the rescue! She suggested that I develop a consistent, easy to follow code and file system. That was some of the best advise I’ve ever followed. Now I can consistently “put my photos away.” AND there’s an added bonus! I can see patterns beginning to emerge for when certain species of birds are seen in our area, when wildflower species generally bloom, and how plant phenophases are timed.
The data contained in photo codes of the Great Egret suggest that the bird will make an appearance at Glencoe Swale in the fall during October/November, and again in the Spring in mid March. Last year, a siting was made on March 14th. These photos were taken on March 7th. A coincidence? I don’t think so. What do you think?
Great Egret slowly stalks prey in wetland grasses. Potential candidates for this bird’s belly include: fish, frogs, insects, snakes, and crayfish. This bird is likely to catch any one of those choices except the crayfish.
Hunting the water path between the Reed Canarygrass stands proved successful. I couldn’t pinpoint exactly what this particular entree was, but it was pulled out of the stalks of grass.
Moving on to larger, more open-water pond area. The Great Egret scores another capture. This, most certainly was a small fish.
More photos: Great Egret- Fall Appearance