My family has been vacationing on Sanibel Island, FL. since the late 1980’s. Much of the island is home to the 5200 acre J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge that was established in 1976 to protect the immense undeveloped mangroves. The refuge is also well known for its migratory bird populations. Birders “flock” to the area to witness multiple breeds that can change daily. Recently a friend and I were up early two mornings to take it all in. We were rewarded with quite a few different varieties and enjoyed the cool morning breezes, peaceful and quiet landscape. One bird neither of us were familiar with was a Reddish Egret. We watched with fascination at its unusual feeding behavior. It ran through the shallow water with long strides, staggering sideways, leaping in the air, raising its wings then abruptly stabbed a fish. Later one day while relaxing on the beach we saw another Reddish Egret along the gulf shoreline searching for fish.
Fast forward a couple days and there it was again dancing and searching for fish. I captured this photo during a resting period leaving some negative space before it started to dance again across the water.