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Frontierland – Still the Wild, Wild West

posted on May 30th, 2011 by Gene Duncan, Photographer, Walt Disney World Resort

Frontierland - Still the Wild, Wild West

I am constantly reminded of just how many species of wildlife live and thrive within the Walt Disney World Resort. Last week, I was on assignment in Magic Kingdom Park, when I spotted a Great Egret calmly perched atop the Frontier Trading Post sign overhead. I snapped a quick shot, as I have always been intrigued with how birds can balance on one leg. I am told that the one-leg perch is a sign of contentment and relaxation, a sort of “comfort zone.”

Frontierland - Still the Wild, Wild West

This beautiful Snowy Egret was photographed a couple of minutes later, stepping a little outside of its comfort zone, perhaps, as it has picked up the aroma of freshly smoked turkey legs just out of view. (And did those turkey legs ever smell good!)

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Steve on May 30th, 2011 at 11:02 am

lol those birds are waiting for someone to buy a turkey leg!! They come over to you & beg for some every time. Good shot though;)


Paul on May 30th, 2011 at 11:18 am

I’ve taken quite a few shots of those birds along the walk watching folks going to and from Tom Sawyer Island. One of my favorite places to relax.


Trisha from CA on May 30th, 2011 at 12:31 pm

My first encounter with the Snowy Egret was at Animal Kingdom who stood atop a rock…a very tall bird! As I got closer, he posed in a stance for me so I could take a quick photo. It was great!


Bonnie from FL on May 31st, 2011 at 6:12 am

Great photos! I always love to see Gene’s photography, he’s so talented!


Kevin on May 31st, 2011 at 7:02 am

I just got back from Disney World. I saw this Egret at the same place. I think there may be a nest somewhere near there.


Krista on May 31st, 2011 at 8:33 pm

Beautiful photos, Gene! These made me smile! I don’t know how standing on one leg can be relaxing but everyone is different ;). I’m glad all species enjoy Disney as much as I do :).
Thanks for the beautiful photos!


Wendy from CO on June 1st, 2011 at 11:49 am

I would love to be at Frontierland today!