Great white egret. One thing about living in Florida, there are lots of amazing birds around all year long. Its a real treat to be able to watch these creatures nesting, mating, and fighting for territory in the rookeries all around the state. This is a Great White Egret. Slightly smaller and more svelte than a Great Blue Heron, these are still large birds with impressive wingspans. They hunt in classic heron fashion, standing immobile or wading through wetlands to capture fish with a deadly jab of their yellow bill. Great Egrets were hunted nearly to extinction for their plumes in the late nineteenth century, sparking conservation movements and some of the first laws to protect birds.
January 13th, 2020
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