Snowy Egret

Have you ever seen a shorebird stand on one leg when resting?  It’s a habit shared by many birds, such as gulls, geese, and ducks, to name a few.  So it’s not unique to this snowy egret alone. There are many theories about this habit, but no consensus that I could find.  Some think it has something to do with their brain control and balance, or energy (heat) conservation, or just resting the ligaments of the one retracted leg.  Or maybe it’s just because they can...

Who says that everything natural need be so complicated?  Children can clearly seen the obvious,  “ If they pulled the other leg up they would fall over.”

But my favorite answer, “If they lifted the other leg, they’d be a sitting duck!”

Snowy Egret

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AuthorRich Monroe