We’re Living the Tweet Life: December

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Reddish egret — white morph (Egretta rufescens)

By Jan Baumgartner

Two color morphs are found in reddish egrets — the common dark morph with its steel gray and rust plumage, and the rare all-white morph. The birds don’t notice plumage color during breeding season as chicks of both color morphs may be found within a single nest.
Along the Gulf coast of central and south Florida, the reddish egret is a year-round resident and is typically found foraging in shallow salt flats or inlets during low tide. With a flair for the dramatic, it’s “dinner and a show” when the reddish egret appears. Racing around a tidal pool on foot, turning tight circles punctuated by animated hops and wing-flaps, the egret’s erratic movements certainly keep the fish and photographers guessing.
Wings are alternately tucked, then extended to cast shadows on the water giving the bird a better view of the main course. Favoring small minnow-like fish, it is not unheard of for this agile performance artist to consume a dozen or two in a single meal.
As 2023 draws to a close and Siesta Key sparkles with festive colors and lights, the “Tweet Life” birds of the Siesta Sand wish you and your whole flock a most joyous holiday season.

Jan Baumgartner’s handmade notecards are available at Sunshine & Sand Hidden Treasures, 6635 Midnight Pass Rd., in Crescent Plaza.

Jan Baumgartner
Author: Jan Baumgartner

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