“Even a stone, and more easily a flower or a bird, could show you the way back to God, to the Source, to yourself. When you look at it or hold it and let it be without imposing a word of mental label on it, a sense of awe, of wonder, arises within you. Its essence silently communicates itself to you and reflects your own essence back to you.” — Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose
With a range that covers most of the world, these egrets are found in North, Central, and South America, as well as Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia. They eat mostly small fish, along with amphibians, reptiles, small mammals, and invertebrates, often standing motionless in or near the water while hunting. During the breeding season they grow long plumes, using them in courtship displays. In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries they were hunted for these feathers, which were often used in hats. Males build platforms of twigs and sticks before attracting females, which often help them complete the nests.