Great Egret

Great Egret

Great Egret

 

 

 

 

Great Egret (Ardea alba)

The Great Egret shown in this photo was wading through the shallow swamp water in the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in Naples. The Great Egret was an endangered bird at one time because they were hunted for their feathers which were used for decorative hats. They have rebounded in number and are protected from hunting mainly due to the efforts of the Audubon Society. The Great Egret hunts for small fish, frogs and aquatic animals by wading through fresh and salt water areas and then stabbing their prey with their sharp bills. I like the Cornell Lab of Ornithology website to learn more about Florida birds. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary if you are in Southwest Florida. You will see all kinds of birds and animals that are native to Florida and there is a great visitor center and boardwalk.

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3 thoughts on “Great Egret

  1. debbie natelson

    Oops, pardon my ditzy comment above. Yes, I saw that the picture was a Great Egret and not a Great Blue Heron . Got confused as I just saw a most stunning heron on my paddle. Tried to photograph it but herons are too quick . Thanks for the great info on the egrets and keeping us so informed.

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  2. debbie natelson

    Another great shot — and full of such helpful info! Great blog. As common as herons are, I never tire of them and their magestry. Besides Corkscrew, another great part to see GB Herons, as well as a many other birds and tons of Anhingas (another one of my favorites) is Shark Valley National Park. It was even better than I expected — with copious wildlife — which was amazingly up close & personal. Perhaps because they are protected and live in a more pristine section of the Everglades, they have no apparent fear of humans. The birds were out strutting like Italian fashion models — about a foot or two from your camera lens. And, this park really encourages exploration by bike and limiting car travel throughout the park. If you don’t have a bike or bike rack, they have a bike rental concession — very reasonably priced. Go check it all out. Thank you David.

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    1. Dave Post author

      I haven’t been to Shark Valley yet but it is on my list. I see lot of Anhinga’s and Blue Herons near where I live. They are great to look at and appreciate. Thanks for your comments.

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