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Garden Visit From Great Egret

This guy has discovered the fish in our pond. Strangely enough, he’s hard to chase away, letting me get to within 25-30 feet. These birds, along with great blue herons are usually very wary and suspicious. Look at the long black legs!

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

7 Responses to Garden Visit From Great Egret

  1. Egrets are startling birds. I was once in a Mass. lumber yard and came around a bend and saw a pale blue egret. It just knocked my socks off. So beautiful and elegant.

  2. Anonymous says:

    wow…

    obviously the birds trust/love you.

    hope to see more pics of him?

  3. bayrider says:

    We see those often too, very beautiful. The last few years we have been seeing Great Blue Herons standing around on our outer lawns, hunting gophers! I love it. They stand over the holes and wait. Very patiently.

  4. Anonymous says:

    go figure…Herons Hunt Gophers….I had no idea..Thought they only ate fish.

    Wonder if Lloyd would post a picture of the "gopher grab", if you could send him one? Would love to see it chucking down a gopher.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Great photo, but the bird is a Great Egret. Snowy Egrets have yellow feet and a black bill with just a little yellow below the eyes. Great Egrets have black feet and yellow bills, both are found in the Bay area.

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