Nature Poem: Egret Sunrise

Updated on June 29, 2020
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Mark Tulin is an author, poet, and short story writer who lives in Southern California. He writes about a variety of topics.

Egret getting breakfast.
Egret getting breakfast. | Source

The Snowy Egret

The snowy egret is a small white heron native to South and Central America. One of my favorite sea birds, the snowy egret often fishes for breakfast during my morning walks. The egret is a tall, long-legged wading bird with a slender, s-curved neck and dagger-like bill.

Their white feathers and long necks resemble that of swans. The egrets' line-up on the coastline of various California beaches, fairly oblivious to humans strolling or jogging. They space themselves about ten-feet apart and wait for the waves to roll in so they can fetch their tiny morsels of food.

Enjoy Egret Sunrise and my video poem of the same name. All of the pictures in the video were taken on the beaches of Santa Barbara.



Poem: Egret Sunrise


In the sea of champions,

surrounded by sandpipers,

seals, and dolphins,

I search for breakfast,

fishing on one leg,

balancing on the other,

with slender feathered-body,

serpentine neck, longish beak,

anticipating delicious morsels,

waiting for a juicy catch


Caution is my manta

I take tiny steps

I have many predators

along the surf

I look both ways

for red-tailed hawks,

crows, and vultures

who do not share

my love for peace


I am independent

I have no leaders,

no pecking order,

only an equal divide

There are enough delicacies

to go around—

whirligigs, bugs,

worms and shrimp

washed ashore

for our benefit


A bounty, a sunrise

in the morning mist,

an expansive food supply

A whole universe

Its vastness

Its openness

The clawing waves breaking

in the sun’s glow of morning.

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    • Mark Tulin profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Tulin 

      2 weeks ago from Santa Barbara, California

      Thank you, Umesh.

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      Umesh Chandra Bhatt 

      2 weeks ago from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India

      Good work. Nice reading.

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      Mark Tulin 

      5 weeks ago from Santa Barbara, California

      Thank you, Anya.

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      Anya Ali 

      5 weeks ago from Rabwah, Pakistan

      Nice!

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      Mark Tulin 

      6 weeks ago from Santa Barbara, California

      Thank you, Flourish.

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      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      6 weeks ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Yes, I agreed.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      6 weeks ago from USA

      You made me see them in a new way. Lovely.

    • Mark Tulin profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Tulin 

      6 weeks ago from Santa Barbara, California

      Thank you, Linda.

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      Linda Crampton 

      6 weeks ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Your poem and its description of an egret at sunrise are lovely. The video is a great addition to the article.

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      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      6 weeks ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Noted please.

    • Mark Tulin profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Tulin 

      6 weeks ago from Santa Barbara, California

      Thanks, Shauna. I love when nature takes an unexpected visit, too.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      6 weeks ago from Central Florida

      Mark, I love this poem and the soothing photos. What a way to wake up in the morning! The salt air adds to the experience, too.

      We have egrets in my neck of the woods. We have a lot of ponds in my area, so I see them (and other types of wading birds) all the times. Sometimes they'll even come into my yard after a rain and feed on bugs. I love when they come to visit!

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      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      6 weeks ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Mark, you're welcome.

    • Mark Tulin profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Tulin 

      6 weeks ago from Santa Barbara, California

      Thanks, Miebakagh

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      Mark Tulin 

      6 weeks ago from Santa Barbara, California

      Thanks, John

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      Lorna Lamon 

      6 weeks ago

      I love the independent spirit of this elegant bird perfectly captured in your wonderful poem Mark. Enjoyed the video.

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      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      6 weeks ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Mark, I enjoyed Ergret Sunrise. It appeal naturally to me. That's a good read, and thanks.

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      John Hansen 

      6 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Beautiful poem about the egrets, and accompanying video. Nice work Mark.

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      Mark Tulin 

      6 weeks ago from Santa Barbara, California

      Thank you, Genna I certainly spend enough time with them to know on a personal level.

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      Mark Tulin 

      6 weeks ago from Santa Barbara, California

      Thank you, blogchick!!

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      Mark Tulin 

      6 weeks ago from Santa Barbara, California

      Thank you, JC.

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      Mark Tulin 

      6 weeks ago from Santa Barbara, California

      Thank you, Ruby. It’s a pleasure to write about them.

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      Genna East 

      6 weeks ago

      Oh Mark, this is beautiful! I love how you juxtaposed the elements of nature at its core with its serenity and observations in a way that is unique. You take us there in ways that truly capture us.

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      Theblogchick 

      6 weeks ago from United States

      Very nice poem Mark,

      Thanks for sharing.

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      JC Scull 

      6 weeks ago from Gainesville, Florida

      Very well done!!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      This is very beautiful. I watched the video. The Egrets are so agile. It was a joy to watch them find food. Thanks.

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