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Great Egret (Heron)

Ardea alba


Very large bird with beautiful white plumage, long pointed yellow beak, with small top patch of black on upper bill. This one is in breeding plumage.


found across much of the world, from southern Canada southward to Argentina, and in Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia. Nests in colonies with other species, in shrubs and trees over water, and on islands. Feeds in variety of wetlands, including marshes, swamps, streams, rivers, ponds, lakes, tide flats, canals, and flooded fields. They are known to eat: Fish, invertebrates, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and small mammals.


It's the largest egret in the Old World, and thus has garnered the name Great White Egret. In the New World, however, the white form of the Great Blue Heron is larger. In the United States, the Great Egret used to be called the American Egret but that was hardly appropriate, since its range extends beyond the Americas and indeed farther than other herons. The Great Egret is the symbol of the National Audubon Society, one of the oldest environmental organizations in North America. Audubon was founded to protect birds from being killed for their feathers.

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MaryEvans2 7 years ago

Thank you Paulo, and Alice, these are all of the same bird, taken the same day. It was looking for a handout of shiners that the men were using to fish with. Which is how I was able to get close enough for some of the photos. it was very curious bird, and only flew a few feet away if someone approached too close. I had used the word (Heron) in my description as The Great Egret is a large heron with all-white plumage. - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Eg... and http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/gr...... were both used for reference.

Paulo Sevilla
Paulo Sevilla 7 years ago

Wow ! pretty series, nice job (:

alicelongmartin 7 years ago

A white Heron has yellow legs, A great Egret has black, so you have an egret. In the first two photos, it looks like it is doing it's stretching exercises.

MaryEvans2 7 years ago

Thank you Nuwan

NuwanChathuranga 7 years ago

1st & 2nd photos are superb!

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Monticello, Florida, USA

Lat: 30.54, Long: -83.87

Spotted on May 20, 2012
Submitted on May 21, 2012

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