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Great Egret

Ardea alba

Description:

The great egret stands about 1 m (3 ft) tall, has all white plumage, black legs and yellow bill. In flight, the neck is folded back and the legs trailing.

Habitat:

Usually found near water features, such as wetlands, ponds, and lakes where it feeds on amphibians, fish, and reptiles. It nests in treetop colonies.

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2 Comments

Gordon Dietzman
Gordon Dietzman 9 years ago

Thanks Karen. This was a very interesting place. There was a small zoo here containing many species of native birds, but most of the pens didn't have flight netting over the top and relied, I presume, on wing feather clipping to keep the captive birds in their pens. Then there were obviously wild, free-flying birds that voluntarily chose to make this place their home, including the great egrets that I photographed for this spotting. Fascinating place, although I'm not generally a fan of zoos. I don't think I've ever seen such a place in which great numbers of wild, human-habituated birds mixed freely with captive birds and the throngs of people who came to see both.

KarenL
KarenL 9 years ago

Gorgeous!

Gordon Dietzman
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Gordon Dietzman

Florida, USA

Spotted on Feb 27, 2008
Submitted on Mar 26, 2012

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