But recently I observed an interesting “grab ‘n go” technique by a hungry-looking snowy egret intent on snatching a ‘happy meal’ from a shallow pond.
He would launch himself from shore and glide low over the water.
Then, somewhat puzzlingly, he would drag his feet lightly across the surface.
What’s that all about, I wondered? Surely he can’t grab fish with his feet!
At times he almost seemed to be “walking on water.”
Suddenly I understood. At the last moment he would dig in and use his feet like rudders to maneuver his body and brake his momentum!