Great Egret (White Heron) photographed in Margate, near Fort Lauderdale on the east coast of Florida in March 2011. These were taken at the side of a canal.
The Great Egret is a large bird with all-white plumage
that can reach one meter in height, weigh up to 950 grams (2.1 lb) and a
wingspan of 165 to 215 cm (65 to 85 in). 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. Information taken from Wikipedia.
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