Here we see egrets and herons demonstrating their amazing “fly fishing” technique. They fly across the water, sometimes skimming their feet to scare fish into darting (as the egret in the far background is doing). When they spot prey, they strike blindingly fast, with an acrobatic flourish. Their bills pluck out small fish and they fly on with their catch. This instant in time caught a Tricolor Heron and a Snowy Egret at the moment their bills hit the water. The heron must be virtually stopped in the air, and striking straight down, since the bill hardly disturbs the water. See my pic “Cirque d’Or” for the big picture of an egret fly fishing scene. St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, on Florida’s panhandle gulf coast.
Photographed with Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50 (10MP/12x Leica lens). Cropped from larger image. Not recommended for prints larger than 11×14.