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After sunrise (see my previous post) I drove on Wildlife Drive and saw many birds, perhaps thousands, feasting in and around the marshes. Many dove into the water then flew up with a small fish clasped in their beak. Every once in a while there were food fights, not only between different species but also among kindred birds like the two great egrets in the following photo.


The great egret on the right was fleeing from an attack by the one on the left. Usually these fights only lasted a few seconds and there was no actual damage inflicted. The marshes are vast enough that a bird could just move away a short distance and resume their search for breakfast.