Friday, April 11, 2014

Field of Egret

A few weeks ago on an overcast day, I stopped at the intersection of Potato Neck 

and Bethel Beach roads to snap a few pictures of these daffodils.

The cheerful yellow flowers were trying so hard to smile amid the grayness of the gloomy day.

As much as I wanted to focus on the flowers, something pulled me in another direction.

I couldn't quite put my finger on it, but I was drawn to the field just beyond where I was parked.

Something was amiss.

What's that white thing on the left?

A lone egret was wandering rather aimlessly through the vast field.

He was none too pleased that I wanted to take his picture either.

As soon as he saw what I was doing, he high-tailed it in the other direction.

(I tried not to be offended.)

The last I saw, he was headed on foot towards those woods.

I can't say I've ever seen an egret in a field like this before, however it is common to see herons hunting in the ditches along the edges of the road.  Sadly, I recently found a dead heron in the middle of the road where I jog.  At first I thought it was a buzzard, but the long pointed beak gave it away.  On that same jog, which takes me through some very remote areas of the county, I startled a group of seven herons out of the tippy tops of a stand of pine trees.  I can't say that I've ever seen seven herons together before, much less flying.

Flying away from me, to be exact.

I'm starting to get a complex.


Enjoy the weekend.



Deltaville Jamie said...

Blue Herons signify self-determination and self-reliance, if you believe in Native American animal totems. The Iroquois considered it a lucky omen so 7 being a lucky number means you should be extra lucky. A Great White brings luck, peace, respect, harmony and stability. In case you were interested.
I've seen egrets and herons in a yard near Aaron's Beach, but then again that yard is flooded 90% of the time. I imagine they're looking for frogs.

Anonymous said...

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