Great White Egrets are tall white birds that have an impressive wingspan and live mainly near wetlands of the U. S. The Great White Egret hunts for its food, usually a diet consisting of fish, frogs and small marine life by wading through shallow water basins and grabbing or stabbing its prey with it sharp bill.
The White Egret is the national symbol of the Audubon Society which helped birds of all kinds from becoming extinct by lobbying Congress and protecting them from hunters. Their white feathers were once a prized adornment for hats in the late 1800’s.
The birds shown above were photographed in a neighborhood in Ft. Myers, Fla. and at the Ding Darling National Wildlife Preserve on Sanibel Island.
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