Another great catch, Great Egret!

A Great Egret (Ardea alba), a large white heron with long black legs and yellow-orange bill, spotted during a photowalk through Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. Can anyone identify the fish in the bird’s bill? If I were to make a wild guess, then I’d say the fish is some type of sunfish.

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Editor’s Note: I consulted David Lawlor, Resource Manager, Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County Park Authority, for help in identifying the fish. According to David, …

I would say you are correct — the fish is a sunfish of some type and my first guess would be a green sunfish, but it is hard to tell from the picture.

David’s tentative species identification is supported by maps showing the distribution of sunfish at Fairfax County monitoring sites. Thanks, David!

See also Great catch, Great Egret!, one of my Posterous posts.

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