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Great Egret

Ardea alba


The great egret is a large heron with all-white plumage. Standing up to 1 m (3.3 ft) tall, this species can measure 80 to 104 cm (31 to 41 in) in length and have a wingspan of 131 to 170 cm (52 to 67 in).[5][6] Body mass can range from 700 to 1,500 g (1.5 to 3.3 lb), with an average of around 1,000 g (2.2 lb).[7] It is thus only slightly smaller than the great blue or grey heron (A. cinerea). Apart from size, the great egret can be distinguished from other white egrets by its yellow bill and black legs and feet, though the bill may become darker and the lower legs lighter in the breeding season. In breeding plumage, delicate ornamental feathers are borne on the back. Males and females are identical in appearance; juveniles look like non-breeding adults.


At last I could take a pic from this beautiful bird, this kind of heron arrive each year at Chapultepec lake, sometimes is very difficult to see it, that day I found it on lakeside, it was looking for a fish to eat. It is very nice to find this kind of birds on city park

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Distrito Federal, Mexico

Spotted on Sep 8, 2014
Submitted on Sep 28, 2014

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