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Egrets are so graceful in flight, but they can look awkward when they begin their ascent, just like lumbering passenger airplanes. I took the following photos of egrets taking off last week at the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge near Philadelphia Airport.

Egret taking off

Egret taking off. Pas de trois?

Egrets taking off

Egrets taking off

Just across the interstate, airplanes were also taking off every few minutes.

Passenger jet taking off

Passenger jet taking off

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