Great Egrets at Echo Park in Burlington Wisconsin on September 29, 2016

I made a couple of stops out at Echo Park in Burlington Wisconsin as some Great Egrets were being reported there at the dam. Nice numbers of 10-15 were present when I was there. I think numbers are down from a few days ago. These birds put on an amazing show while I was there! They all seemed to be fishing while I was present but only a few fish were actually caught. Some of the other things I enjoyed watching was the preening, some interaction when a fish was caught or sometimes just relaxing. It is a sight to see as these amazing birds will soon be heading south. Weather conditions were overcast skies for the most part with some wind and cool fall like temps. Images were taken on September 28-29, 2016.

A fluffed up!

All fluffed up!

Great Egret

Binomial name: Ardea alba

Category: Bittern, Herons, and Allies

Size: 39” long, 51” wing span

Weight: 1.9 lb

Hanging out

Hanging out

Moving around above the dam

Moving around above the dam

The beauty!

Incoming

Coming in for a landing

The landing

The stop

The stop

The catch!

The catch!

Takes the catch away to avoid the other egrets trying to take it away

Takes the catch away to avoid the other egrets trying to take it

Above the dam it takes the catch

Above the dam it takes the catch

Incoming

The landing

The stop

The stop

Just coming through

Just coming through

From the top of the dam down

From the top of the dam down

Just beauty

Just beauty

Fishing

Fishing

A pair on top of the dam

A pair on top of the dam

Preening

Preening

Rest

Resting

More preening

More preening

More preening

More preening

Checking things out

Checking things out

The itch

The itch

Coming through

Coming through

Another catch and to the top of the dam

Another catch and to the top of the dam

A place to eat

Wondering where to go now

Just going to go somewhere

Just coming through gang!

Stretching

Stretching

Fishing

Fishing

Fishing

Fishing

Fishing

Fishing

More fishing

More fishing

Moving around

Moving around

The flight

The flight

Fishing

Fishing

Fishing

Fishing

Fishing

Fishing

Fishing

Another catch

Another catch

Squeeze the fish

The close-up

The close-up

To the top of the dam, less egrets to fight off for the catch

To the top of the dam, less egrets to fight off for the catch

Believe it or not, it catches this fish and eats it

Believe it or not, it catches this fish and eats it

A little preening above the dam

A little preening above the dam

Walking the dam

Walking the dam

Walking the dam

Walking the dam

Turns around, walks the other way

Turns around, walks the other way

A little more preening

A little more preening

Resting

Resting

More preening

More preening

The landing

The landing

Back to fishing

Scratching

And more fishing

And more fishing

Pose on the dam

Pose on the dam

Walking the dam

Walking the dam

Great Egret with a Great Blue Heron

Great Egret with a Great Blue Heron

Two fishing Great Egrets

A fishing pair

Stalking the prey in the grass

Stalking the prey in the grass

Just being me

Just being me

Moving to a new fishing place

Moving to a new fishing place

Serious fishing

Serious fishing

The catch!

The catch!

The catch!

The catch!

Great Egrets and American White Pelicans at Horicon Marsh on September 4, 2015

I made a trip up to Horicon Marsh in Dodge and Fond du Lac Counties in Wisconsin today. Overall quiet, but a few of the bigger species made themselves known. Great Egrets, American White Pelicans and Green Herons were some of the highlights. A tree laying in the water with 9 Wood Ducks on it looked impressive but the photo just does not do it justice. Some common shorebirds were present but located father from Hwy 49 when I was there. It was an overcast day and light fog early on and the light cloud cover remained the time I was there till late morning, temps were warm. Images were taken on September 4, 2015.

Great Egret

Great Egret

Great Egret

Great Egret

Great Egret

Great Egret

Great Egret

Great Egret

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Great Egret

Great Egret hunting!

Great Egret hunting!

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Great Egret

Great Egret

Great Egret

American White Pelican

American White Pelican

American White Pelican at takeoff!

American White Pelican at takeoff!

American White Pelican

American White Pelican

11 Wood Ducks preening and resting!

9 Wood Ducks preening and resting! Red eyes are the males.

Green Heron

Green Heron with a frog!

Green Heron hunting!

Green Heron hunting!

Green Heron with a small fish

Green Heron with a small fish

Green Heron with a leach!

Green Heron with a leech!

Horicon Marsh, WI August 13, 2013

Photographs from Horicon Marsh, Fond du lac/Dodge County, Wisconsin taken August 13, 2013.

Marbled Godwit

Marbled Godwit

Marbled Godwit

Marbled Godwit

Common Moorhen with young

Common Moorhen with young

Red-necked Phalaropes

3 – Red-necked Phalaropes (background)

Spotted Sandpiper

Spotted Sandpiper

Juvenile Stilt Sandpiper

Juvenile Stilt Sandpiper

Great Egret

Great Egret

Great Egret

Great Egret

Great Egret

Great Egret

Great Egret

Great Egret

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Horicon Marsh, WI July 29, 2013

Photographs from Horicon Marsh, Fond du lac/Dodge County, Wisconsin taken July 29, 2013.

Black-crowned Night Heron

Black-crowned Night Heron

Black-crowned Night Heron

Black-crowned Night Heron

Baby Common Moorhen

Baby Common Moorhen

Juvenile American White Pelicans

Juvenile American White Pelicans

Juvenile American White Pelicans

Juvenile American White Pelicans

Juvenile American White Pelicans

Juvenile American White Pelicans

Juvenile American White Pelican

Juvenile American White Pelican

Juvenile Black Tern

Juvenile Black Tern

Great Egret

Great Egret

Great Egret

Great Egret

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