This bird can teach you how to decompress

The American egret is a common sight in Florida, particularly in marshes and other open-water areas where they can feed on small aquatic prey, such as insects and small fishes. If you’re lucky, you might spot one in an unexpected place, like the hardwood swamp at the district’s Fort Drum Marsh Conservation Area in Indian River County, a property purchased to protect water resources.

A district staff member visiting Fort Drum’s boardwalk startled a flock of the birds that immediately scattered, but a solitary bird perched high in the nook of a tree was indifferent to the surrounding commotion. Our staff member immediately switched his camera to video mode and captured a moment of serenity that we wanted to share with you.

We hope videos like this inspire you to visit your public lands and immerse yourself in moments of tranquility. There’s not a better show in town and best of all, it’s free.

Learn more about district lands here.

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