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!