Snowy egret

kathy s gillentine

Fort Myers, United States

Artist's Description

Snowy egrets feeding in the shallow areas of ponds and marshes, snowy egrets use one foot to stir up the bottom of the water, flushing prey into view. They will also chase schools of fish. A mating pair of snowy egrets cannot recognize each another except at the nest, where the returning egret performs a greeting ritual to avoid being attacked as an intruder.At the end of the nineteenth century, the beautiful plumes of the Snowy Egret were in great demand by market hunters as decorations for women’s hats. In 1886, plumes were valued at $32 per ounce, which was twice the price of gold at the time. They were hunted nearly to extinction before laws were passed to protect them. Captured at Bowditch Point park on Ft. Myers beach , Florida. best viewed large

Canon 5D markll
canon 400mm

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