A Reddish Egret flips a fish between its mandibles at J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island, Florida. Diane Doran shot the photo on the morning of February 26 while the bird was fishing at low tide. She says the egret held the fish for a while before flipping it around and eventually swallowing it.
Doran used a Nikon D4 and a 500mm f/4 lens with a 1.4x teleconverter.
According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Reddish Egret is the rarest egret in North America. It’s listed as a Species of Special Concern in Florida and as Near Threatened by BirdLife International. The Florida population is said to number no more than 200 pairs.
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