This is yet another photo in my series entitled Avery Island Egrets. This elegant bird is preening its feathers, part of its daily ritual in its busy agenda. Avery Island is located in Iberia Parish in southern Louisiana and is one of several salt domes that dot the Gulf coast area. The Avery/McIlhenny families founded the Tabasco Pepper plant on Avery Island and one of the family members, Ned Avery McIlhenny started the bird sanctuary on the island in the late 1800s when egrets were becoming endangered because of their highly sought plumes in the fashion industry. Mr. Ned raised 8 baby egrets in captivity and then released them for the southern migration in the fall. The following year they returned to Avery Island and have been there in growing numbers ever since. Today, Bird City is part of the Avery Island complex, a place I love to visit so I can watch the drama as hundreds of nesting egrets work diligently in the busy spring/summer season.