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Snowy Egrets are a medium-sized egret long with thin legs and a long, slender bill, and fluffy white plumage. An interesting fact about the Snowy Egrets is that it's plumage was once so highly sought after by the fashion industry that it fetched a price of $32 an ounce in 1886, twice the price of gold. Reforms were passed in the 20th century and Snowy Egrets have since recovered to stable levels.
Snowy Egrets often nest in isolated, heavily vegetated areas near water such as barrier islands, dredge-spoil islands, salt marsh islands, swamps, and marshes. Snowy Egrets are most often spotted at Spring Lake during the summer during their breeding season.
Photo taken by Sam Massey
Spotted on Sep 12, 2014
Submitted on Sep 12, 2014