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Snowy Egret

Egretta thula

Description:

This Egret was searching for food by shuffling its feet on the bottom of the lake, stirring up the bottom. Video shows this action and the still shots shows the Egret's successful catch of a Crayfish. The last image is actually the first in this sequence. "Adults are typically 61 centimetres (24 in) long and weigh 375 grams (13.2 oz) They have a slim black bill and long black legs with yellow feet. The area of the upper bill, in front of the eyes, is yellow but turns red during the breeding season, when the adults also gain recurved plumes on the back, making for a "shaggy" effect. The juvenile looks similar to the adult, but the base of the bill is paler, and a green or yellow line runs down the back of the legs." - Wikipedia

Habitat:

Sandy lake at Kit Carson park. It's full of debris from a recent storm.


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6 Comments

Thank you Gerardo and Emily! These birds are fun to watch. I sure wouldn't want to be a crayfish with one around though!

EmilyMarino
EmilyMarino 2 years ago

Love the interesting video!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 2 years ago

Wow wonderful video what an incredible bird using there legs to search underwater cool:)

CindyBinghamKeiser
CindyBinghamKeiser 2 years ago

Thank you Dilek and Emma! Another lucky spotting as I just walked up to this small lake and it was more focused on searching for food than me!

Hema Shah
Hema Shah 2 years ago

awesome!

Dilek Cifci
Dilek Cifci 2 years ago

Cindy, you are amazing! Great series and video! Tanks for sharing!

Escondido, California, USA

Lat: 33.07, Long: -117.06

Spotted on Apr 30, 2012
Submitted on May 1, 2012

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