Photo of the Week: Great Egret on the Hunt

Large white wading bird with long orange bill pauses in the shallow water as it searches for prey.

Standing still on the edge of the pond, the striking Great Egret can’t be missed as it hunts for food.

The large white bird, a bit smaller than a Great Blue Heron, hunts for small fish and amphibians, which it spears with its razor sharp bill and swallows the prey whole.

It’s fascinating to watch the Great Egret in shallow water, where it either walks very slowly or stands still while waiting for prey to swim by or poke their head above water.

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Photo of the Week: Roseate Spoonbill, Rare Bird and First State Record for Michigan

Large pink bird with long spoon-shaped bill fluffes out its feathers on the three snag, while a nearby white Great Egret preens.

After a long day of rain, imagine you’re out with your fiance at a nearby marsh when you spot an unusual colored bird.

A large pink wading bird.

A Roseate Spoonbill.

In Michigan.

That’s not usual.

In the United States, the Roseate Spoonbill is usually found in the southeast. Almost a thousand miles away.

But that’s what a local couple found in Saline, Michigan this weekend. Continue reading Photo of the Week: Roseate Spoonbill, Rare Bird and First State Record for Michigan

Photo of the Week: Singing Dickcissel

Brown and gray bird with yellow breast and rusty shoulders perched on a fence post.

The black V on the throat against the yellow breast stood out for me when I saw the sparrow-sized bird singing away on the fence.

The male Dickcissel with the rust-colored shoulders always makes me smile when I see it in summer, because I typically only find it when I hear it singing.

Dickcissels are one of Michigan’s grassland birds, along with Savannah Sparrows, Red-winged Blackbirds, Eastern Meadowlarks, and Bobolinks. Continue reading Photo of the Week: Singing Dickcissel