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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.

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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.

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