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A great egret taking flight on a roadside of Cocoa Beach, Florida. The great egret is interesting as it's not in the Egretta genus like other egrets but is placed in Ardea, which is the great heron genus. In fact another name for this species is great white heron. Creatively its binomial name "Ardea albus" means "white heron" in Latin. So closely related to the great blue heron that it is often confused with the great blue heron's white phase, which can be found in the Caribbean among other places. A key difference to tell the two species apart is the black legs of the great egret.
The great egret is a massively successful species. Inhabiting wetlands all over the world at certain time intervals all over the world except for Australia, Antarctica and parts of Asia.
Spotted on Oct 5, 2020
Submitted on Oct 5, 2020