While returning to my car at South Farm the other day, I was walking on the levee along the edge of one of the ponds. Suddenly I spotted a Great Egret through the tall blades of grass at the nearest edge of the pond. I snapped this photo, then slowed down my pace, hoping not to disturb the wading bird as I continued my hike to the parking lot.
Unfortunately, this bird was as skittish as all the others we saw that day. On my next step after taking the above photo, it took off.
The egret proceeded to fly away from the levee but stayed low over the pond.
Finally, the bird reached the far side of the pond (at which point my tracking focus started to fail). It apparently felt comfortable enough at that distance to pull up and land.
Does a bird land in water? Isn’t that an oxymoron?
The location from which these photos were taken is shown on the map below. Zoom in for more detail.