The elegance of the Great Egret is rendered in this 13-foot tall sculpture in homage to the noble bird. Constructed of expanded metal to give the Fisherman a feeling of feathers and airiness, this Urban True tree casts curious shadows on the ground.  Its pose is classic heron; standing immobile in wetlands to spear fish with a stealthy jab of their long yellow bill.


Metal sculpture at 496 Bayshore Bikeway, Chula Vista Bayside Park.

Location:  32°37’30.9″N 117°06’20.0″W

Artist:  Stephen Fairfield

Learn: The elegant Great Egret is a dazzling sight in many a North American wetland. Slightly smaller and more svelte than a Great Blue Heron, these are still large birds with impressive wingspans. They hunt in classic heron fashion; the great egret feeds in shallow water or drier habitats, feeding mainly on fish, frogs, small mammals, and occasionally small reptiles and insects, spearing them with its long, sharp bill most of the time by standing still and allowing the prey to come within its striking distance of its bill which it uses as a spear. It will often wait motionless for prey, or slowly stalk its victim.

10 Ways to Enjoy:

  1. Feed the fish.
  2. Listen to the sounds of the harbor.
  3. Watch the sun go down.
  4. Use the restroom.
  5. Check the time.
  6. Look for live animals in the body of the Fisherman.
  7. Stand on one foot for 30 seconds.
  8. Now stand on the other foot for 30 seconds.
  9. See what creatures are swimming in the marina.
  10. Think about how you would catch a critter in still waters.

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More: Great Egrets were hunted nearly to extinction for their plumes in the late nineteenth century, sparking conservation movements and some of the first laws to protect birds.In 1953, the great egret in flight was chosen as the symbol of the National Audubon Society, which was formed in part to prevent the killing of birds for their feathers.