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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.
Lat: 30.54, Long: -83.87
Spotted on May 20, 2012
Submitted on May 21, 2012
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