Snowy Egret by LjMaxx
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Nikon D60~ 55/200
Jan/2009

Snowy Egret
Egretta thula
Length: 22 to 26 inches Wingspan: 46 inches Seasonality: Summer / Migrant
ID Keys: Black legs with contrasting yellow feet, black bill, all white plumage

The elegant snowy egret was killed by the thousands in the 1800’s for its long, lacy breeding plumage, which was used for women’s hats and other clothing. It has recovered both in range and numbers since that time. Of the white egrets found in South Dakota, the Snowy Egret can be identified by its size (smaller than the Great Egret), it’s yellow feet contrasting with black legs. See the Identification Tips page for differentiating among the white Egrets and Herons in the state.

Habitat: Prefers large sloughs or marshes, sometimes edges of ponds or lakes.
Diet: Varies, but includes fish, crustaceans, insects, frogs, lizards, snakes, rodents, snails, and worms.
Behavior: Uses a variety of foraging techniques. They will often actively wade through shallow waters, chasing prey that is startled by the movement. They will also stand still in shallow water, waiting for prey to approach. Snowy Egrets will also forage on dry land, usually in search of insects.
Nesting: June and July
Breeding Map: Breeding bird survey map
Song: Generally silent
Migration: Birds in the interior of the country migrate to U.S. coastal areas, Mexico, and Central America in the fall.
Similar Species: Cattle Egret, Great Egret, immature Little Blue Heron. See Identification Tips for differentiating between these species.
Conservation Status: Expanding range to the north and increasing population in recent decades. Numbers are still far below historical levels, however.

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Comments

  • Carol Barona
    Carol Baronaalmost 6 years ago

    FANTASTIC! Instant FAV! Stunning capture LJ…

  • Hi Carol..Thank you!!! Also for your earlier comment on “Leonardo” too..:)))))

    – LjMaxx

  • Desirée Glanville
    Desirée Glanvillealmost 6 years ago

    Love the reflection!!! Wonderfully captured! :)

  • Hey Daisy.. T.Y.!!!

    – LjMaxx

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...almost 6 years ago

    WOW !!! stunning capture

  • So appreciate your commenting Kathy~

    – LjMaxx

  • Shaun Whiteman
    Shaun Whitemanalmost 6 years ago

    Wow wow wow, stunning shot!! Beautiful!

  • Triple Wow’s- Cool!!! Thanks Shaun~

    – LjMaxx

  • BigD
    BigDalmost 6 years ago

    Fantastic capture, LJ

  • Thanks so much BigD~

    – LjMaxx

  • annalisa bianchetti
    annalisa bianc...almost 6 years ago

    Fabulous capture !!!!!

  • Hi Annalisa.. T.Y. very much!

    – LjMaxx

  • Svetlana Sewell
    Svetlana Sewellalmost 6 years ago

    Beautiful bird and stunning shot!

  • Hello Svetlana.. Many Thanks to you here!

    – LjMaxx

  • Marvin Collins
    Marvin Collinsalmost 6 years ago

    Gorgeous image, excellent processing, I love it. an instant fav!!!!

  • Well Marvin. This comment just pleases me more than you know.. T.Y. :)))

    – LjMaxx

  • Rick  Friedle
    Rick Friedlealmost 6 years ago

    Beautiful Capture! Wow

  • Hey Rick.. Many Thanks to you here~ :)

    – LjMaxx

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1almost 6 years ago

    Wow~ gorgeous capture and reflection!

  • Thanks CHeryl! Just love this spot in Mexico~

    – LjMaxx

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