Egrets often stop by the pond to munch away on the aquatic fauna that swim below the massive Florida Native American White Water Lily pads. They are very aware of any movement so despite my efforts to remain still, as soon as I crept a little closer it took flight and headed two doors over to my neighbors pond.
diet: “eats mainly small fish but also eats amphibians, reptiles, birds, small mammals and invertebrates such as crayfish, prawns, shrimp, polychaete worms, isopods, dragonflies and damselflies, whirligig beetles, giant water bugs, and grasshoppers”
Learn more: http://www.sms.si.edu/irlspec/Ardea_alba.htm
clearer photo of this species taken in 2013 while feeding with the ibis:
My take: Big Winter Birds