Caught on Camera

By Tom Venesky - [email protected]

Naweed Najib captured this scenic shot on a pond in Drums last week. This egret was patrolling the shallows for a fish or a frog, yet it is also displaying its breeding plumage. Called aigrettes, the breeding plumage consists of long banes draping off an egret’s back. Ironically, aigrettes contributed to the egret’s demise in the late 19th Century as they were highly sought after for women’s hats.

The demand for aigrettes that resulted in egrets being killed also led to a happy ending as it was the basis for the formation of the National Audubon Society and the Migratory Bird Act.

Capture anything interesting on your hand-held or trail camera? A nice buck, bear, coyote or any other wildlife? We’d love to see it. Each week, we’ll run photos from a reader’s trail camera on the Sunday Outdoors page. Email your photo, along with date and area it was taken (township is fine), and any other details to [email protected]

By Tom Venesky

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