Thursday, June 10, 2010

Great Egret Story (in pictures)

Great Egret 1
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Great Egret 2
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Great Egret  3
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Great Egret  4
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Great Egret  5
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This Great Egret was enjoying a drink at the retention pond near our post office. Its black legs differentiate it from the Great White Heron, whose legs are yellow.

Says, Great Egrets (Ardea alba) were formerly known as the "American Egret," "Common Egret," "Large Egret," "White Egret," "Great White Egret," and "Great White Heron." Says eNature: "[T]his bird's official name in North America is now Great Egret. One of the most magnificent of our herons, it has fortunately recovered from historic persecution by plume hunters. But it is still not out of danger: The destruction of wetlands, especially in the West where colonies are few and widely scattered, poses a current threat to these majestic birds. Like the Great Blue Heron, it usually feeds alone, stalking fish, frogs, snakes, and crayfish in shallow water. Each summer many individuals, especially young ones, wander far north of the breeding grounds.

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