The Great Egret is the largest of the Australian egrets.
Its 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

    just gorgeous work!

  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

  • Digidi
    Digidiabout 4 years ago

    this is just so lovely

  • Many thanks Di!

    – byronbackyard

  • Grandalf
    Grandalfabout 4 years ago

    Another stunner, wonderful image, Dave

  • Thanks Dave

    – byronbackyard

  • Lyrebird
    Lyrebirdabout 4 years ago

    that would make such a goregeous painting, i almost thought it was when i saw it

  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

  • helmutk
    helmutkabout 4 years ago

    Lovely work !

  • Thanks so much!

    – byronbackyard

  • CanyonWind
    CanyonWindabout 4 years ago

  • Hugh Fathers
    Hugh Fathersabout 4 years ago

    Lovely!! . . .

  • Thanks Hugh!

    – byronbackyard

  • SchwartingSue
    SchwartingSueabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful in flight capture of this stunning Great Egret! Congratulations on your feature..

  • Thanks so much, they’re very elegant birds and relatively easy to photograph!

    – byronbackyard

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBabout 4 years ago

    June 25, 2010

  • Many thanks Teresa, that perked up my day!

    – byronbackyard

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBabout 4 years ago

    You’re so very welcome Byron!! Almost looks like it could be doing a beautiful dance!!

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