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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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I started out as an artist, became a pilot, and ended up where I am now: nature photographer and educator. Being a pilot allowed me to observe the Earth and humanity’s impact on it from 30,000 feet for many years. It allowed me to experience different cultures and to see the world through many lenses.

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Comments

  • AngieBanta
    AngieBantaover 2 years ago

    Gorgeous capture of this elegant looking bird!!!

  • thank you :-)

    – William C. Gladish

  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesover 2 years ago

    Great action shot!!!

  • thank you :-)

    – William C. Gladish

  • Themis
    Themisover 2 years ago

    Great shot, love the frozen action!

  • thank you :-)

    – William C. Gladish

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeover 2 years ago

    I love the Reddish Egrets. They put on a show like no other. Great capture.

  • I love them too…thank you :-)

    – William C. Gladish

  • Lori13
    Lori13over 2 years ago

    Bill, what a perfect pose you captured in this photograph! Great!

  • thank you :-)

    – William C. Gladish

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...over 2 years ago

  • thank you :-)

    – William C. Gladish

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...over 2 years ago


    6 April 2012 – 1 image per 24hrs

  • jozi1
    jozi1over 2 years ago

    Awesome shot,William :)

  • thank you :-)

    – William C. Gladish

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 2 years ago


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  • thank you :-)

    – William C. Gladish

  • Dean Cunningham
    Dean Cunninghamover 2 years ago

    what a great pic – wonderful catch !

  • thank you :-)

    – William C. Gladish

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