The Great Egret’s overall plumage is white, and, for most of the year, when not breeding, the bill and facial skin are yellow. The feet are dark olive-grey or sooty black, as are the legs. During the breeding season, the bill turns mostly black and the facial skin becomes green. Also at this time, long hair-like feathers (nuptial plumes) hang across the lower back, and the legs become pinkish-yellow at the top.


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  • Jenny Dean
    Jenny Deanabout 4 years ago

    wow, what a shot! gorgeous bird, you must be real pleased with this one!!

  • Thanks Jenny, I love the angle and the wings but it would be better with more light … it was just a fluke shot though so I guess I should be happy with that!

    – byronbackyard

  • Trish Threlfall
    Trish Threlfallabout 4 years ago

    cool as !!

  • Thanks Trish!

    – byronbackyard

  • Grandalf
    Grandalfabout 4 years ago

    Just sheer elegance and a sumptuous image. Well done BB, Dave

  • Thanks Dave for your great comment!

    – byronbackyard

  • trish725
    trish725about 4 years ago

    Love it!

  • Thanks Trish!

    – byronbackyard

  • swaby
    swabyabout 4 years ago

    Instant favorite! Absolutely fantastic shot!

  • Many thanks for your kind comment, a little more light would have been good but nevertheless beautiful bird!

    – byronbackyard

  • DragonflyDancer
    DragonflyDancerabout 4 years ago

    Excellent in flight capture!

  • Thanks Sabrina!

    – byronbackyard

  • lcretyi
    lcretyiabout 4 years ago


  • Thanks so much, I’m so glad you see the beauty!

    – byronbackyard

  • CanyonWind
    CanyonWindabout 4 years ago

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBabout 4 years ago

    June 16, 2010

  • Many thanks Teresa, very happy making … not a rare or unusual bird but very beautiful nonethesless!

    – byronbackyard

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBabout 4 years ago

    You are so very welcome Byron. Very beautiful bird indeed!! And very beautiful capture!!

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