Dinner Dance

Like a ballet dancer dressed in white, with slim legs and a long, graceful neck, the Great Egret performs on its natural stage

By ITSIK MAROM
November 26, 2010 16:33
1 minute read.
A Great Egret

Great Egret 311. (photo credit: Itsik Marom)

 
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Like a ballet dancer dressed in white, with slim legs and a long, graceful neck, the Great Egret performs on its natural stage. Never far from rivers, lakes or pools, its dance steps have a purpose much more basic than a ballet routine.

The egret is there for the food. Every organ in its streamlined body has been shaped by evolution to give this bird the fastest, snake-like strike, using its sharp yellow beak as a spear to nail slippery fish in the water.

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