Great and Snowy Egret 4/16/18

The Snowy is in the back with the dart-like black bill and yellow lores between bill and eyes, and if you could see its legs they’d be black but with bright yellow feet. The Great Egret with the small fish in its thicker and spear-like yellow bill has green lores and if I’m not mistaken that’s breeding color that will have faded by late summer. The Great is over 3 feet tall, not quite as big as a Great Blue Heron, but almost. The Snowy is about 2 feet tall. Despite the “egret” name, the Great Egret is more closely related to the Great Blue Heron (both belong to genus Ardea) than it is to the Snowy Egret.

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