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Snowy Egret

Egretta thula


Small white egret with showy plumes which are more obvious during breeding season. Black thin bill, long black legs with yellow feet.


Spotted in a Snowy Egret breeding colony along with breeding Black-crowned Night Heron.


Breeding close quarters with another bird species is hard. Most times they get along. But the day I got these photos a Snowy Egret chick was killed by another bird.

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Awesome series Janet,congrats on the well deserved SOTD and thanks for sharing

SarahWhitt 7 months ago

WOW!! Beautiful spotting!! CONGRATS on your SOTD!! :)

triggsturner 7 months ago

Congratulations on your sotd. Great series.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 months ago

Congrats Janet. Super series.

DanielePralong 7 months ago

Congratulations Janet, this beautiful series is our Spotting of the Day:

"It's quite a contrast between an adult Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) in showy breeding plumes and the bare and delicate chick it's feeding in our Spotting of the Day! Snowy egrets hatchlings are covered in white down, with the exception of their wings. Pin feathers appear by the first week, while juvenile feathers will cover the body and wings by 2 to 3 weeks of age. Both snowy egret parents brood their young until the hatchlings are 10 days old, following which they'll take turn until 14 days. Here the parent is seen placing its bill directly into the chick's mouth while food is regurgitated".



Jellis 7 months ago

Thank you. I always get a kick out of how they sound with the Black crowns. I call them all grumpy old men.

remkinloch 7 months ago

Congratulations on your nomination for SOTW. A great set of photos - the first one is almost a case of beauty and the beast. The adult looks stunning with its magnificent plumes - the chick less so!

AshleyT 7 months ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 7 months ago

Please consider adding this gorgeous spotting to the Animal Architecture mission at

Newark, California, USA

Lat: 37.55, Long: -122.03

Spotted on Jun 9, 2018
Submitted on Jun 10, 2018

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