Monday, February 11, 2013

Snowy Egret

While in Everglades National Park I only got one picture of a snowy egret, but it is such a beautiful bird I have to show it, even though it is not a great photo. 
They are much smaller than the great white egret and have a slim black bill, with an area of the upper bill, in front of the eyes, that is yellow (or red during the breeding season). They have black legs and yellow feet, although the legs on this one, as well as others I've seen in pictures, appear to have some yellow as well. The plumes on this egret are beautiful. When puffed out, the plumes on the head, neck and back really stand out, even more so in breeding season. 

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