River cat

Egrets are a common sight along Smith Canal in Stockton. On the partially the submerged logs and tree branches that line the canal they perch themselves, motionless, like white flamingo lawn ornaments. In lightning bolt-like stabs they snag the unsuspecting fishie for a quick snack.

I’ve shot many an egret on the canal and driving by recently, I saw a white blob sitting on a branch along the opposite shore line and thought it was just another egret that I had seen in that spot before. Passing by, something registered in my mind that something wasn’t quite right. I circled the block to get another look.

It turned out that is wasn’t an egret at all, but rather a large house cat sunning itself on the branch. It was sitting a bit high up to catch any fish, but maybe it was waiting for a bigger catch, perhaps an unsuspecting egret to land on the branch.

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