These Great Egrets were spotted on the shore of Paradise Lake in The Villages, FL on October 11, 2016 late in the afternoon. The big birds were wading in the shallow water and walking on the grassy shoreline, hunting for a quick supper. Great Egrets are sometimes even seen walking among the landscaping shrubbery at parking lots in our area of Florida. Our area of Florida has many small lakes, ponds, and swampy marshes which are home to various wading birds such as egrets and herons. The Great Egrets are both resident and migratory in this area.
Great Egrets are tall white birds that have black legs and feet, and a sharp long yellow bill. Great Egrets eat fish, frogs, turtles, aquatic snails, aquatic insects, lizards, small snakes, large land insects, and occasionally mice.
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