Sunday, July 11, 2010

Great Egret

Did you Know:

The Great Egret is a large bird with all-white plumage that can reach one meter in height and weigh up to 950 grams (2.1 lb). It is thus only slightly smaller than the Great Blue or Grey Heron (A. cinerea). Apart from size, the Great Egret can be distinguished from other white egrets by its yellow bill and black legs and feet, though the bill may become darker and the lower legs lighter in the breeding season. In breeding plumage, delicate ornamental feathers are borne on the back. Males and females are identical in appearance; juveniles look like non-breeding adults. It is a common species, usually easily seen. It has a slow flight, with its neck retracted. This is characteristic of herons and bitterns, and distinguishes them from storks, cranes, ibises and spoonbills, which extend their necks in flight.

The Great Egret is not normally a vocal bird; at breeding colonies, however, it often gives a loud croaking cuk cuk cuk.

Did you know research from Wiki. Photographed by Craig Glenn at Cranes Roost Park on 7/10/2010.

Thanks for stopping by,

Craig Glenn


Country Mouse Studio said...

Nice pictures, Is the sound similar to the Blue Heron?

Gaelyn said...

You sure do have a lot of long-legged birds around. Wondering if you're a leg man. ;)

KaHolly said...

Your Great Egret is great! I loved seeing them everywhere when I was down in TX during the winter. Once in awhile they stray all the way up here! ~karen

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Wonderful info Criag and a great picture too.