The White Egret or Great Egret (Ardea alba) is commonly seen in and around freshwater and saltwater areas in SW Florida and in other sun belt states. The White Egret can be distinguished by its long yellow bill and black legs. Its diet consists of fish, frogs, small mammals, reptiles and insects. It is part of the Heron family and there are four subspecies found around the world. This bird was once hunted in the early 1900’s for their feathers or plumage to adorn womens hats. The Great Egret is the symbol of the National Audubon Society and is partially why this organization was formed to protect birds against hunting and decline in numbers. I photographed the first Egret at the Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island. The Egret that is standing up taller was photographed at the Punta Rassa sea wall.
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