Today, on #highparkwildlife with Mark, our featured animal is the Great Egret! With such big, powerful wings, this majestic creature can cruise at around 40 kph with only 2 wing beats per second (fact from #cornelllabofornithology)! It is a true manifestation of elegance and grace as it seems to glide effortlessly across the calm water of a pond 😍
But don’t let this bird’s tranquil mode of transportation fool you, it is a very efficient hunter. It stalks its prey (fish) by wading slowly through shallow waters causing as little disturbance as possible. Then, when one unlucky fish is within reach, the egret makes one lightning-fast strike with its sharp beak into the water and snatches up its unsuspecting prey in the blink of an eye!
What do you love most about this marvellous bird?