Over the last couple of weeks, I have spotted Snowy Egrets at several lakes here in The Villages, Fl. The Snowy Egret is one of the smaller of the egrets, and it is the one that has yellow feet. Snowy Egrets are white in color. In breeding season this egret has spectacular long, very lush plumage in its feathers. By the way, I am beginning to see a few of the Cattle Egrets here now. The Cattle Egrets are just a wee bit larger than the Snowy Egrets. By the way, we have had a lot of rain here in my local area and our lakes are refilling (Hooray!).
These wading birds eat a variety of fish, crawfish, frogs, tender smaller turtles and larger aquatic insects, as well as near shoreline mice, lizards and smaller ducklings. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
Great Egrets are seen here in The Villages, FL, all year around. The Great Egrets are the larger of the egrets. One picture here is showing the Snowy Egret next to the towering Great Egret.
The Great Egrets frequent the marshes, lakes, golf ponds, and even flowerbeds and landscaping around buildings here in The Villages, FL as well as other places in the USA.
Great Egrets enjoy eating aquatic animals such as fish, frogs, smaller turtles, some aquatic snails, baby alligators, ducklings, goslings, and shore critters such as mice, lizards and smaller snakes. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy! This is dedicated to the memory of those who died in service to the country. Happy Memorial Day to all.
Not ice, but Snowy Egrets! It is Florida. Ha. This pair of Snowy Egrets were hunting for edibles in a partially flooded grass field here in the development. Actually, the field is technically a rainfall retention basin. That area is close to the road so I was able to get decent pictures. Snowy Egrets have yellow feet. The Snowy Egrets also have very luxurious feathers! So glad they are protected from the hunting which many years ago, threatened their existence just for those very feathers. Long ago the egret feathers were frequently made into ornaments for ladies hats.
Snowy Egrets eat small fish, frogs, tadpoles, turtles, and a variety of insects. I noticed a huge caterpillar in the grass near the road so maybe the caterpillars were a draw for the Snowy Egrets. Who knows? This area where the birds were at is usually dry. I took the pictures on Wed. October 1, 2014 here in the development. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photograph. Enjoy!