Dancing for Food

William C. Gladish

Joined April 2009

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Reddish egret dancing for food on a mudflat in Florida Bay…Everglades National Park. Reddish egrets are very active foragers, often seen running, jumping, and spinning in the pursuit of prey. The subdued white spots in the background are not lights for this beautiful actor/actress…they are white pelicans enjoying the show :-)

Everglades National Park
500mm Lens

Description: ADULT DARK MORPH Has dark bluish gray body plumage and reddish orange head and neck; has shaggy plumes on head and lower neck in breeding season. JUVENILE WHITE MORPH Similar to adult white morph but with uniformly dark bill. JUVENILE DARK MORPH Similar to adult dark morph but plumage is much paler overall with rufous feather edges on back and uniformly dark bill.

Dimensions: Length: 30" (76 cm); Wngspn: 3’ 10" (1.2 m)

Habitat: Locally and generally scarce resident of saltwater wetlands on Florida coast and Gulf coast.

Range: Texas, Florida, Southeast, California

Voice: Utters a subdued croaking eeuuah.

Discussion: Distinctive coastal heron with a relatively long bill, strikingly bicolored (pink base and dark tip) in breeding season but otherwise rather dull. Occurs as two very different color morphs. Legs are dark in all birds. Given morph differences, sexes are not separable.

Information Source: enature.com

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