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Great Egret Thursday 8-14-14 Blog Challenge


I found these photos by Janice McCafferty and Anis Shahmiri on the internet. I think these birds are absolutely gorgeous. Here is some background information on the Egret:


The elegant Great Egret is a dazzling sight in many a North American wetland. Slightly smaller and more svelte than a Great Blue Heron, these are still large birds with impressive wingspans. They hunt in classic heron fashion, standing immobile or wading through wetlands to capture fish with a deadly jab of their yellow bill. Great Egrets were hunted nearly to extinction for their plumes in the late nineteenth century, sparking conservation movements and some of the first laws to protect birds.

  • Size & Shape
  • Great Egrets are tall, long-legged wading birds with long, S-curved necks and long, dagger-like bills. In flight, the long neck is tucked in and the legs extend far beyond the tip of the short tail.
  • Color Pattern

    All feathers on Great Egrets are white. Their bills are yellowish-orange, and the legs black.

  • Behavior

    Great Egrets wade in shallow water (both fresh and salt) to hunt fish, frogs, and other small aquatic animals. They typically stand still and watch for unsuspecting prey to pass by. Then, with startling speed, the egrets strike with a jab of their long neck and bill.

  • Habitat

    You’ll find Great Egrets in both freshwater and saltwater habitats. They are colonial nesters, typically placing stick nests high in trees, often on islands that are isolated from mammalian predators such as raccoons.

Supplies Used:

ABR Yours Truly Nano Collection -- Paper2

ABR Yours Truly Collection -- Emb Mini Butterfly, Emb Mini Bird, Leaves, Flowers, Alphas recolored using AFT SSStyles Scratched Metals, Branches

ABR JIF Yours Truly -- Stems, Leaves, Flowers

MRE Lifted Photos -- Weathered Stacked



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You have shown this photos off so well on this page. I enjoy seeing different birds. Thanks for sharing all that information.

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They are certainly gorgeous birds! We have them in Florida but not too many, I don't think. They were almost extinct at one time. I love the page you made -- your background is lovely!

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Wow, they are beautiful birds. I love the stacked photos at the top and the frame at the bottom. Wonderful layout. Thanks for the interesting facts.

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