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Tidal Hunt: snowy egret Tidal Hunt—snowy egret
Colored Pencil on Canson
13" x 10.5"

On a rainy winter day in California, I watched this snowy egret darting through the tidal flats hunting his dinner. In this image, I wanted to show the grace and intensity of the hunting bird surrounded by the translucent water and glistening mudflats.

What isn't there to love about snowy egrets? Their lovely white plumage is paired with rather silly looking yellow feet. Actually the colorful feet serve a real purpose: while hunting, the snowy will stand on one leg and wiggle his other foot lightly in the water, hoping to attract a foolish fish.

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All images, graphics and content © Julie Fulkerson, 2008. All rights reserved.