This past November, my husband and I spent some family time in gorgeous Longboat Key, Florida. One of my favorite spots to photograph and view birds is at Quick Point Nature Preserve. This lush hidden treasure is located on the southeast end of Longboat Key. Throughout my holiday visit, I checked the tide charts to see when low tide(s) would occur. A receding tide offers excellent feeding opportunities for the wildlife in the area. Below are a few birds seen taking advantage of the ebbing Sarasota Bay waters.
A Yellow-crowned Night Heron displays intense concentration when hunting for prey
A powerful strike!
Did this stalker succeed in capturing its intended meal?
Success! A tasty crab treat for this skilled fisherman
A light toss of the leggy crustacean and down the hatch it goes
A yellow-slippered Snowy Egret pulls up quite the fin-flapping fish from between the craggy rocks
Not the most attractive creature, but it will certainly satisfy the appetite
A squiggly eel should slide easily down the throat of this Great Egret
... or perhaps not
Meanwhile, the Yellow-crowned Night Heron continues its splashy food search
Will it strike gold with this forceful head plunge?
Ooh, quite the delicacy! Stone Crab will serve as a fabulous entree choice
It's time for some serious crab crunching!
The beautiful Snowy Egret continues to fare well hunting with this neon blue-striped catch
An elegant Great Egret is victorious in its foraging technique
A little fish flipping is necessary ...
for a seamless swallow
A majestic Osprey consumes the remains of its prized catch
If you are ever near the Sarasota area, be sure to visit Quick Point Nature Preserve at low tide. There are plenty of glorious sights to be seen!
Posted by Julie Gidwitz
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