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Egrets, Heron, Canada Geese

Egrets, Heron, Canada Geese

Snowy Egrets

Snowy Egrets

Great Blue Heron, Snowy Egrets

Great Blue Heron, Snowy Egrets, Great Egret

Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, a Great Blue Heron, a “Great White Heron”, a Tri-colored Heron, a Little Blue Heron, some Canada Geese, and a few Double Crested Cormorants were all spotted yesterday afternoon at the quite more secluded end of our local park lake.

The Great White Heron is a subspecies of the more familiar Great Blue Heron and is mostly found here in Florida along the Gulf of Mexico coastline.

The difference between the Great Egret and the Great White Heron are slight.  The Great Egret has a bright yellow bill and yellow flesh near its eyes.  The Great White Heron has a greenish grey bill and green flesh near its eye.  Otherwise, both are very similar in size, plumage, and color.  The big waders are showing their breeding plumage which is very luxurious and full now.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Tri-colored Heron

Tri-colored Heron

Great Egret and Snow Egrets

Great Egret and Snow Egrets

Double Crested Cormorants

Double Crested Cormorants

 

Little Blue Heron

Little Blue Heron

Great White Heron in Breeding Plumage

Great White Heron in Breeding Plumage

Great Egret in Breeding Plumage

Great Egret in Breeding Plumage

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Comments on: "Fabulous Waders in Breeding Plumage!" (8)

  1. These are wonderful and some slightly different from European ones. Lovely to see.

  2. Wow, that special plumage is spectacular!

  3. Wow, these are wonderful sightings. Especially the Great White Heron, they are a special wader to see. Great find! Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

    • Hi Eileen, I really have a lot of fun going to the various ponds and lakes in my new community to check on what birds are around. I am seriously going to put up a bird feeder here at home. We recently had our huge Live Oaks trimmed and now I will have fewer branches and sticks falling and perhaps, the birds will feel comfortable being in the trees again. i live in a regular house lot neighborhood but all the action really seems to be around the parks and lakes (ponds). Have a great weekend!

  4. so grand and gorgeous!

    • Hi Tex, Grand is a great description for the plumage. I have never seen so many egrets and herons with their breeding plumage. I was in the right place at the right time. So often I miss the shot as the birds fly to other places, when I go back a second time (when I am camera-less). Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

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