The Great Egret is a white heron that stands approximately three feet tall. It has a long graceful neck, long black legs and black feet. Its pointed bill is yellow, and it sometimes has a small black area near the tip. The Great Egret uses a stalking method to catch fish. It wades through shallow water till it finds its meal, then it grabs it or stabs it with its long sharp bill. Often seen with Snowy Egrets, Ibises and Little Blue Herons, the Great Egret is usually the first one in the water as the tide goes out. Its long legs allow it to get a head start on the other wading birds.
The feathers of some birds look rumpled or notched, but the plumage of the Great Egret is beautiful. It it so smooth and brilliantly white that it takes just the right lighting to show details in a photo. When this bird takes flight, it looks like it has the wings of an angel.
Great Egret with black legs, black feet and yellow bill
Great Egret in flight
The photos on this page were taken in Tarpon Springs, Florida.
All photos on this website by J.A. Heintz
All written material by D.C. Heintz
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