This Snowy Egret has a friend but it’s not another Egret, but a white-phase Little Blue Heron. The pond where I snapped these pictures is one of the temporary rainfall retention ponds we have here in this development. It is down the street from the larger permanent pond along the golf course, where I frequently see other herons and egrets. The Snowy Egret is the one with the yellow eyes, yellow patch above its bill, and the yellow feet.
The other wading bird is a juvenile Little Blue Heron. They certainly look-alike, don’t they? The give-away is that bluish bill and the faintly light blue-green legs and feet. These two birds wade in the shallows of ponds, rivers and lakes and love eating amphibians, small turtles, fishes and insects. I have heavily cropped one photo of both birds together in order to help show the subtle difference between each. I took these pictures on Thursday, September 26, 2013 in the morning here in the development where I live in Marion County, Florida. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!