Egrets are solitary creatures. They are fairly common along the bank of Stevens Creek and in the shallow bay waters at Shoreline at Mountain View. They are sensitive and will take off if they sense a sound or movement nearby.
This Egret was watching the creek. I had taken a few photos of the new Google campus, under obstruction. Then I watched this Egret and took a few shots with my iPhone 7. In the creek, you can see the refection of the massive cranes at the Google site.
I started to put my phone in my pocket when the Egret raised its wings and sailed up. I had not made any noise or sudden movement. Torn between watching and taking a photo I quickly raised my iPhone and got the shot of the Egret in flight then snapped a few more as it landed.
As soon as it landed on the opposite bank, water rushed out of the runoff pipe beside its previous perch. Now I could see that it had heard the water heading down the pipe, which I could not. That’s what made it take off.
Not until I looked at the photos in my iPhone did I see that the photo of the Egret in flight, with the full wing spread, the white against the near black, and with the refection in the creek was such a magestic image.