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17th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Pretty predator makes a catch

Snowy egrets have yellow feet for a reason. They drag them in the water to startle and confuse small fish which they catch with a quick snap of their bills. The delicate breeding plumage seen here nearly led to their extinction in the last century when the feathers were in demand for fashionable ladies' hats.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 11.2019
Date Uploaded: 11.2019
Photo Location: Florida, United States of America
Camera: NIKON D610
Copyright: © Thomas J. Conroy