Great Egret Sentinel

img_7896“The elegant Great Egret is a dazzling sight in many a North American wetland.”  This one was surveying the ponds below from a perch high atop the marsh, just before sunset the other day.

His sweeping spray of long feathers is a distinctive sign of the upcoming breeding season. “Called aigrettes, those plumes were the bane of egrets in the late nineteenth century, when such adornments were prized for ladies’ hats.”  (both quotes from: All About Birds)

18 thoughts on “Great Egret Sentinel

  1. Beautiful bird and well caprtured BJ, We enjoy the presence of these birds also, and how majestic they are in their breeding plumage. I guess this one is still developing the turquoise lores and blackening of bill during breeding.

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