An egret is any of several herons, most of which are white or buff, and several of which develop fine plumes (usually milky white) during the breeding season. Many egrets are members of the genera Egretta or Ardea which contain other species named as herons rather than egrets. The distinction between a heron and an egret is rather vague, and depends more on appearance than biology. The word “egret” comes from the French word “aigrette”, referring to the long filamentous feathers that seem to cascade down an egret’s back during the breeding season.

Many thanks for checking out my photos, please feel free to give feedback! My wanderings in nature and observations of birds, particularly raptors, is what gives me great joy and constantly reminds me of the beauty and strength of life. My favourites are raptors, I love their freedom, grace, ruthlessness, pride, adaptability and flexibility and I learn much about parenting, protection and blind faith from them.
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  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonover 4 years ago

    WOW !!!! this is an amazing shot, excellent work,

  • Many thanks Ann, glad you like it. Only limited time for shots at the moment as it keeps raining all the time!

    – byronbackyard

  • trish725
    trish725over 4 years ago

    Another fantastic work! It’s great!

  • Thanks so much Trish!

    – byronbackyard

  • CanyonWind
    CanyonWindover 4 years ago

  • Betsy  Seeton
    Betsy Seetonover 4 years ago

    You could put together an incredible coffee table type book of your bird photo collection. It would be stunning. You capture bird and nature so spectacularly.

  • I would so love to do that but I would need money … very little of that at the moment. If I ever have the money I will! Thanks so much for your appreciation Betsy!

    – byronbackyard

  • Franklin Lindsey
    Franklin Lindseyover 4 years ago

    Great job Byron!

  • Many thanks Franklin!

    – byronbackyard

  • Betsy  Seeton
    Betsy Seetonover 4 years ago

    Check out this website … …. software to assemble your own book … I’m just learning a bit about it …

  • Thanks so much Betsy, I’ll check it out!

    – byronbackyard

  • Hugh Fathers
    Hugh Fathersover 4 years ago

    Gorgeous!! . . .

  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

  • Gina Ruttle  (Whalegeek)
    Gina Ruttle (...over 4 years ago

    How beautiful! Those splashy aigrettes nearly caused the extinction of egrets, all due to the vanity of human adornment. Sometimes we learn, albeit a bit late that wildlife is to be cherished and protected. I enjoyed your description as well. It enhances your lovely image!

  • Thanks so much … I love the birds, they give me much peace, joy and inspiration … I wonder how they survive ‘us’ sometimes though!

    – byronbackyard

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBover 4 years ago

    June 19, 2010

  • Thanks Teresa, very happy making!

    – byronbackyard

  • Cecily McCarthy
    Cecily McCarthyover 4 years ago

    Great capture!!

  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

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