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The Great White Egret is a large heron with all-white plumage. Standing up to 1 m (3.3 ft) tall, this species can measure 80 to 104 cm (31 to 41 in) in length and have a wingspan of 131 to 170 cm (52 to 67 in). This Egret is partially migratory, with northern hemisphere birds moving south from areas with colder winters. It breeds in colonies in trees close to large lakes with reed beds or other extensive wetlands. It builds a bulky stick nest.
The Great White Egret is generally a very successful species with a large and expanding range, distributed across most of the tropical and warmer temperate regions of the world.
Great White Egret (Egretta alba), Lake Kerkini, Greece, Europe
Nikon D200, Nikkor 80-400 mm at 400 mm, 1/1000 sec at f/ 5.6, ISO 400
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