Saturday, April 05, 2008

Snowy Egrets

These pictures were taken between 23rd & 29th March, 2008 at the High Island Rookery, Texas. These guys are in full breeding plummage and are much prettier at the time of year than in the rest of the year. They are quite agressive toward other Snowies wanting to nest in the same area as can be seen in the top picture. Note the black bill and yellow feet. Watching them build nests was quite interesting. The Great Egrets would fly off and bring home one stick at a time, whereas the Snowies would wade in the water feeling for sucken sticks with their feet and then pick it up with their beak. Then walk or fly back to their nest with their new found treasure.

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