Yesterday, I saw eight Snowy Egrets at Lobster Cove on Rt 216 in Phippsburg. They were fishing in the shallows along with a few Double Crested Cormorants. Two Herring gulls were taking advantage of prey being kicked and hauled up by the other birds. The egrets were fishing for baby lobsters, which can be seen in these photos. 'Snowies' use several methods for fishing. Today, they were using the 'kick the mud around' method to get the little lobsterettes to rise from the bottom. These birds, like so many when they are in breeding plumage, look magnificent and at the same time preposterous, cartoon characatures of themselves.