Egret Catches and Manipulates Fish in SloMo

In this footage recorded at the Miller Knox Regional Park in Point Richmond, CA, the egret happens to line-up with extraordinary lighting conditions during the magic-hour of late afternoon. Bright bands of reflected light from ripples shimmer up and down its body reminding me of the color tricks that octopus and squid display on their bodies. The shimmering beauty of this unexpected natural light show is yet another example of the many rewards and benefits of hiking and observing nature along the San Francisco Bay trail.

Egret and fish

Egret drops and catches a fish to re-position it in its beak. Click to play video.

This egret is a finely-tuned killing machine! Over the past few months I’ve seen it catch and eat gophers, a lizard, and lots of fish. Whether on landscapes or in water, it rarely misses its prey with its dagger-beak! Patience and laser-like focus knows no bounds while stalking its doomed prey.

The footage was shot with a Panasonic GH2 camera and edited in Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5.

Such natural beauty reveals another tiny slice of reality in Mother Nature’s bag of secrets that are open to anyone who, like the egret, has the patience and attention-span to notice. I hope to see you along the SF Bay trail getting the exercise your body needs, while filling your spirit with the beauty of nature’s bounty!

About Michael Bukay, MS

Hello! I'm Mike Bukay, founder of Michael Bukay & Associates. Much of my career has been spent as a consultant/troubleshooter/instructor in the field of high purity industrial water treatment. During this time I have had the opportunity to work with a variety of clients including IBM, Intel, Electric Power Research Institute, Genentech, Hewlett Packard, Advanced Micro Devices, and many others. These experiences provide me with a solid foundation for the operation and maintenance requirements, and training needs, for process-critical industrial equipment. After 18 years of consulting work, I decided to follow my passion to make movies. I took classes and started making movies. Now, we produce a wide variety of videos. I love the work!
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