The Great Egret is the largest of the Australian egrets. It’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.

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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  • Vicki Ferrari
    Vicki Ferrariover 4 years ago

    WOW!! Gorgeous photography Byronbackyard!!! What a shot!! SO elegant and so crisp!! :)))

  • Thanks so much for your kind comment, I wasn’t sure it was ok or not actually!

    – byronbackyard

  • trish725
    trish725over 4 years ago

    A really beautiful bids, and as Vicki said, so elegant!

  • Many thanks Trish!

    – byronbackyard

  • Lissie E J
    Lissie E Jover 4 years ago

    Stunning capture

  • Thanks so much!

    – byronbackyard

  • chloemay
    chloemayover 4 years ago

    magnificent image

  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonover 4 years ago

    Gorgeous image, regards Ann

  • Many thanks Ann!

    – byronbackyard

  • Kensoi
    Kensoiover 4 years ago

    Just Beautiful

  • Thanks so much Ken!

    – byronbackyard

  • rodeorose
    rodeoroseover 4 years ago

    Superb capture.

  • Many thanks, I like the White Beauty one better myself but they are great birds to photograph!

    – byronbackyard

  • Sinisa Saratlic
    Sinisa Saratlicover 4 years ago
    great image !
  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

  • carol brandt
    carol brandtover 4 years ago

    oh, so beautiful, graceful, and majestic… fabulous capture and context

  • Thanks so much for your kind comment!

    – byronbackyard

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