I was so startled to see an egret this far north that I drove some distance down the road puzzling over it, and then turned around in a farmyard and went back to see if I was imaging its snow white feathers at the edge of this Saskatchewan slough.
|Snowy egret, near Regina, Saskatchewan © SB|
I turned off onto the grid road beside the slough, pulled off onto the rough shoulder and took several pictures through the window of my van.
After a while, I had company — an RCMP car patrolling that section of highway pulled up alongside me. The officer rolled down his window and asked if I needed help.
"Only for bird identification," I said. "I swear there's a snowy egret out there — but I never expected to see one here!"
He laughed, and drove on.
Birds — and people — continue to amaze me.
|The egret is well hidden in these reeds © SB|
|A closer shot, taken with a long lens |
from the nearby grid road © SB
What is this? Snowy Egret
Location: South of Regina, in marsh east side of road, along Highway 6 (by grid road to Riceton).
Photo date: May 21, 2012.