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Great Egret
Ardea alba
The Great Egret (Ardea alba) is another one of those birds familiar to people across most of the United States. Its common name has, at various times, been Common Egret, American Egret, and Great Egret, with the latter being in use today. It is a tall, slender, wading bird that is often a familiar sight at a pond edge, especially in the south. The shot at right and the following two were taken in Kenedy Co., Texas, in spring, 2000, with a Canon EOS 3 and EF 600mm F4 L lens on Fuji Sensia.
The next two digital shots here, of breeding birds, were taken at a rookery in High Island, Galveston Co., Texas, in March, 2004, with a Canon EOS 10D and EF 600mm F/4 L IS lens. The green facial skin is only seen during the courtship period.
 
The shot here was taken in Tamaulipas, Mexico, in December, 2004, with a Canon EOS 1D Mark II and EF 600mm F/4 L IS lens and 1.4X extender.
The Great Egret in flight on the right was at Lake Tohopekaliga, Osceola Co., Florida, in February, 2007.This shot was taken with a Canon EOS 1 D Mark II and EF 500mm F/4 L IS lens.
The next four images were taken at the same location and time as the flying egret shot just preceding. This was a breeding plumaged Great Egret near a nest which was under construction. It was mid-day and the bird was backlighted, but still made for some interesting shots.
Great Egret
Ardea alba
in flight
Bolivar Flats
Galveston Co., Texas
2 November 2009
Great Egret
Ardea alba
Venice,
Sarasota Co., Florida
19 January 2013
Great Egret
Ardea alba
High Island,
Galveston Co., Texas
27 March 2015
Great Egret
Ardea alba
High Island,
Galveston Co., Texas
27 March 2015
Great Egret
Ardea alba
High Island,
Galveston Co., Texas
27 March 2015
Great Egret
Ardea alba
High Island,
Galveston Co., Texas
28 March 2016
Great Egret
Ardea alba
High Island,
Galveston Co., Texas
28 March 2016
Great Egret
Ardea alba
High Island,
Galveston Co., Texas
28 March 2016
Great Egret
Ardea alba
High Island,
Galveston Co., Texas
28 March 2016
Great Egret
Ardea alba
High Island,
Galveston Co., Texas
28 March 2016
Great Egret
Ardea alba
High Island,
Galveston Co., Texas
28 March 2016
Great Egret
Ardea alba
High Island,
Galveston Co., Texas
28 March 2016
Great Egret
Ardea alba
High Island,
Galveston Co., Texas
28 March 2016
Great Egret
Ardea alba
High Island,
Galveston Co., Texas
28 March 2016
Great Egret
Ardea alba
Port Bolivar,
Galveston Co., Texas
2 October 2016
Great Egret
Ardea alba
close up of head
Anahuac N.W.R.,
Chambers Co., Texas
14 January 2017
Great Egret
Ardea alba
close up of head
Anahuac N.W.R.,
Chambers Co., Texas
14 January 2017
Great Egret
Ardea alba
image taken in drizzle and fog
Sabine Pass,
Jefferson Co., Texas
15 January 2017
Great Egret
Ardea alba
St. Marks N.W.R.,
Wakulla Co., Florida
20 February 2017