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Great Egret at right, Snowy Egret at left

Great Egret at right, Snowy Egret at left

Great Egrets are among the larger of the wading birds, while the Snowy Egret is a much smaller wading bird at about half the size of the Great Egret.  The Great Egret has a bright yellow bill and black legs while the Snowy Egret has bright yellow feet, greenish-black coloring in the legs and a black bill.  Both of these egrets are wading birds that eat fish, frogs, small tender turtles, aquatic snails and large aquatic insects and worms.  The Great Egret also will eat shore-side mice, lizards, small snakes and larger insects.

Both of these birds are very beautiful big white birds!  The Snowy Egret has stunningly beautiful plumage in breeding season, and is a real treat to see then.  I took the picture in The Villages, FL on a local lake a few weeks ago.  You really can see the difference in the size of both birds!  Here in The Villages, in central Florida, we often have Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, and the flocking Cattle Egrets.  Only on occasion does one see the much rarer Reddish Egret (which closely resembles a lighter Little Blue Heron).  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

Great Egrets, Snowy Egret, Wood Storks

Great Egrets, Snowy Egret, Wood Storks

Comments on: "The Great Egret and The Snowy Egret" (3)

  1. i get to see the first two here and am grateful. you get to round out the whole collection, however. 🙂

    • Hi Tex, Glad you have the Snowy and Great Egrets. By the way, I was camping the last 2 days at a place called Manatee Springs here in FL (no Manatees yet) and saw a white phase juvenile Little Blue Heron on the banks of the spring just off of the Suwanee River. Have a great Thurs. tomorrow! Thanks for all your very keen comments here! I appreciate it!

  2. Hello, I love all the beautiful egrets. They will always be a treat to see. Wonderful photos. Happy Thursday, enjoy your day and the weekend ahead!

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