Great Egrets are wonderful big white wading birds. These regal-looking birds live and hunt around bodies of water such as ponds, lakes, marshes, and rivers. They hunt for fish, frogs, tadpoles, crayfish, turtles, aquatic snails, ducklings, duck and goose eggs and sometimes land-based animals such as mice, lizards, and the occasional small snake.
We have Great Egrets here in my area as I live close to several small lakes and ponds. I often see the Great Egrets with the American White Ibises or sometimes with their smaller cousins, the Snowy Egrets. I took these pictures in Lake and Sumter Counties, Florida in the last couple of weeks. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Here are more pictures of the Cattle Egrets that I took here in the development during this past Spring. I hope you will enjoy seeing these pictures that never made it to my earlier post. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.
The American White Ibis is a fabulously interesting large, white and pink and black bird. The pink parts are its bill and legs. The black parts are the tips of its wings and the smudge-looking tip of its bill. Everything else is white other than the eyes. They are so charming it is incredible. The Ibises here have been here a few times recently in the late afternoon. They have been hunting for insects along the lawns around and in the rainfall retention basins. Since we have had heavy rains lately, the basins do have a little water in them. Ibises are wading birds that live in coastal areas along the Gulf of Mexico mostly.
One Ibis cracked me up. It strolled along the front lawn of one of my neighbors. The finny sight was the Ibis walking along right around a concrete lawn statue of a Gnome! How fun is that ?
I took these pictures from the street in front of my house on June 12, 2013. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy! I want to close by wishing all dads a Happy Father’s Day!