When Sammy the Snowy Egret visits the salt marsh for a snack, it’s easy to identify him even at a distance…
How? Because Sammy is the only wading bird I’ve observed who fishes by running, flying in short hops, or even hovering like a huge hummingbird.
Why? You might say it’s his way of fly-casting. The object is to show off his bright yellow feet to any minnows, worms, crustaceans or insects that constitute his diet.
I was fortunate enough to photograph Sammy in action last week, running, hopping, hovering —and, in the process, displaying his breathtaking white wings as well as those famous golden feet. My featured photo, above shows Sammy hovering just before striking —and below, you can follow him through the process of landing a fish.
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