Thursday, December 19, 2019

Reddish Egret

I've seen a few reddish egrets in Florida and recently saw some along the Laguna Madre, the water between South Padre Island, Texas and the mainland.
This is much less dark than the two birds below, so it may not be a dark morph. 
These were different than the Florida reddish egrets because I saw some dark morphs and a juvenile white morph. The dark morph has a slate blue body and reddish head and neck. Breeding birds have pink at the base of the bill. 
Dark morph reddish egrets. 
 The white morph has entirely white body plumage. The adult has some yellow in the bill, while the juvenile's bill is all black. 
White morph juvenile reddish egret.
Most of the 1,500 to 2,000 nesting pairs of reddish egrets in the U.S. are found in Texas.   

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