A snowy egret standing in shallow but turbulent surf. Photographed along the Gulf of Mexico on Florida's Lido Key.
Snowy egrets are a resident of Florida and along the gulf coast to Mexico, the Pacific coast of Southern California and Mexico and most of South America east of the Andes. During breeding season the range extends north along the eastern seaboard into Maine, up the Mississippi River to Tennessee, north through Texas into Oklahoma and most of the Rocky Mountain states. Can be seen as a migrant or vagrant in most other states and the extreme south of Canada. Entirely white at all stages of life, during breeding shows long, lacy plumes on the back, chest and crown. Feet are yellow with black legs that are dark green and sometimes with some yellow in immature birds. Bill slender and black and the lores are yellow. 60 cm (24") in length with a wingspan just over a meter (41"). (Subject description from the artist's Wild Florida Photo website www.wildflphoto.com)
November 10th, 2023
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