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great egret

Ardea alba

Description:

spotted at Smith Oak Rookery in High Island, TX . egret is in breeding plumage. Great Egrets are tall, long-legged wading birds with long, S-curved necks and long, dagger-like bills. In flight, the long neck is tucked in and the legs extend far beyond the tip of the short tail. Great Egrets wade in shallow water (both fresh and salt) to hunt fish, frogs, and other small aquatic animals. They typically stand still and watch for unsuspecting prey to pass by. Then, with startling speed, the egrets strike with a jab of their long neck and bill.

Habitat:

both freshwater and saltwater


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125 Comments (1–25)

SusanEllison
SusanEllison 6 years ago

thanks Harsha

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 6 years ago

Brilliant shot! Congrats Susan.

SusanEllison
SusanEllison 6 years ago

thanks LandmarkExpert!

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 6 years ago

congrats on SOTD

SusanEllison
SusanEllison 6 years ago

thanks Laura for your lovely comments!

LauraMaria
LauraMaria 6 years ago

Just stunning, Susan. The egret looks so majestic! What a fantastic photo.

SusanEllison
SusanEllison 6 years ago

thanks Jukubko for your nice comments

SusanEllison
SusanEllison 6 years ago

thanks cchellis22 for the nice comments

cchellis22
cchellis22 6 years ago

She's absolutely stunning with her plumage!

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 6 years ago

Stunning! Congratulations on Spotting of the Day, Susan!

Fyn  Kynd
Fyn Kynd 6 years ago

Awesome spotting! Congratulations Susan!

SusanEllison
SusanEllison 6 years ago

thanks Phillip Chen for the nice compliments

SusanEllison
SusanEllison 6 years ago

thanks Fly Fisher...me too...we have lots of them in Texas too

SusanEllison
SusanEllison 6 years ago

thanks cranbrook

SusanEllison
SusanEllison 6 years ago

thanks outsidegirl0

SusanEllison
SusanEllison 6 years ago

thanks Antonio for the nice compliments

SusanEllison
SusanEllison 6 years ago

thanks Jennifer

JenniferRoge
JenniferRoge 6 years ago

Lovely

Awesome capture Susan,just gorgeous almost "impossible" :-) photo,congrats on another SOTD and thanks for sharing such an amazing spotting page,very good work :-)

outsidegirl0
outsidegirl0 6 years ago

wow beautiful!!

Amazing!

Fly Fisher
Fly Fisher 6 years ago

Great SOTD! Congrats!
Beautiful picture of the Egret. I've seen them my whole life... I grewup in Miami,Fl. and saw them often.

PhilipChen
PhilipChen 6 years ago

Congratulation on the SOTD, Susan! This is Gorgeous ~
I Love this shoot very much.

KrantiAzad
KrantiAzad 6 years ago

congrats Susan :)

SusanEllison
SusanEllison 6 years ago

thanks Stefania....I appreciate all the lovely compliments...makes my day too!

SusanEllison
Spotted by
SusanEllison

Texas, USA

Lat: 29.57, Long: -94.39

Spotted on Apr 26, 2013
Submitted on Apr 27, 2013

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