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Great and Snowy Egrets

Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret

Great Egrets are the larger of the egrets which are commonly seen here in Florida.  The Snowy Egrets are medium-sized and have yellow feet.  Egrets are easily seen here in Florida around marshes, rivers, ponds and lakes.  Another kind of egrets, the Cattle Egrets are the type seen in pastures near horses, cattle, sheep and goats and those have a  color of rust on their neck during the breeding season.

I spotted these Great Egrets and Snowy Egrets at local lakes in the last few weeks.  They fish by wading in the shallows and try to stab prey such as small fish, tadpoles, frogs, small turtles, and crayfish.  They also will eat snails, worms, larger insects, waterfowl eggs, and occasionally lizards, and mice.

I additionally took a couple of rather blurry shots of a wading bird roosting area last night at about 7:00PM.  There were literally hundreds of various egrets as well as ibis, herons and Anhingas all in a bunch of low trees in a nature preserve area (with Alligators in the marshy water below the trees).  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture.  Enjoy!

Mixed Wading Birds Roosting

Mixed Wading Birds Roosting

Wading Birds Roosting

Wading Birds Roosting

Great Egret (8/6/15)

Great Egret (8/6/15)

 

Great Egret

Great Egret

Great Egret

Great Egret

Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret

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Comments on: "Great and Snowy Egrets" (4)

  1. the roost area would be amazing to see! i love the shot in the lower left corner of the great egret and reflection. beautiful!!!

  2. Hello, wonderful sighting and photos of the Egrets. I also see the Little Blue Heron, White Ibis and the Anhinga. The roost is amazing. Happy Sunday and have a great new week ahead!

    • Hi Eileen, I went by all of the same spots about an hour ago (2:00 PM Eastern) and saw a bunch of water birds lake side and only a single egret or ibis (couldn’t tell) in the roost. Have to go at about 6:00-7:00 PM now to catch that big roost. Loving seeing all the wading bird action here. I do occasionally see Blue Jays, Mockingbirds, and Cardinals in the yards. Have to photograph some for the blog. Tired of all the big bird posts. Ha! Have a tremendously nice coming week.

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