I can sit in the house for an hour watching the Egret fish, but when I open the patio door to go outside for a closer look, it leaves. If I'm already out in the garden when it comes to the pond, it tolerates my presence, but pull out a camera and, yes, it leaves.
Recently, I was working out in the garden when I noticed the Egret walking on the bank towards my side of the pond. I quickly dashed into the house, grabbed my camera and slipped out the front door. The plan was to sneak up on the Egret. When I opened the gate, I saw that the Egret was poised (posed?) at the top of the bank just behind the fence. By the time I snapped a shot, it had turned its head. I waited for it to turn back. When it did, this is what I got. Yes, it's sad but true, I've turned into a wading bird paparazza.(Fleeing Great Blue Heron.)