It’s late summer on the Long Island Sound and there are plenty of fish to eat. They live in freshwater and saltwater marshes, streams, ponds, lakes, and mud flats. In Connecticut, typically nest on uninhabited offshore islands in Long Island Sound. For food they eat Fishes, frogs, salamanders, snakes, crayfish, mice, aquatic insects, crickets, grasshoppers, and a variety of other insects.
It’s late summer here on the Long Island Sound and the fish are plentiful. While feeding in shallow areas of ponds and marshes, snowy egrets use one foot to stir up the bottom, flushing prey into view. Snowy egrets will also hover, then drop to the water to catch prey in their bills.
The snowy egret is a medium-sized, white heron with a slender, black bill, black legs and yellow feet. The area of the upper bill, in front of the eyes, is yellow but turns red during the breeding season. Showy, recurved plumes are present on the back during the breeding season. The snowy egret is much smaller than the great egret.
The observations of bird populations over time leads to environmental awareness and is a signal of possible change. After a long cold winter here in Connecticut the egrets showed up a little later than normal from the south. On a beautiful mid-spring low-tide morning, this heron flew in for a morning feeding.
A beautiful early fall low-tide morning in egrettv-land. Herons are known by the way they fly. In flight, necks folded in a S-shape, the legs trail.
The first heron seen here shows the Great Egret in the forward-leaning pose using its long extended neck, and dagger yellow bill to catch fish. The second heron is the Snowy Egret seen shuffling its feet to stir up the fish and using its dagger black bill to catch them.
As late summer approaches there’s plenty of fish in the Sound. Anytime there’s a calm low-tide, Great Egrets will walk along the shallow water mud-flat and eat fish.
Nice footage here of “golden slippers” rushing about and shuffling feet to stir up fish. The yellow loral area before its eyes can clearly be seen here.
Fish is the main food for Great Egrets on the Long Island Sound. When feeding, assumes an eager forward-leaning pose, neck extended.
Beautiful late spring mornings now on the Long Island Sound. This low-tide ecosystem is a favorite spot for the egrets feeding on aquatic life.