Monday, November 24, 2008

Pssst! The Fish Are In The Water. Check The Water.

The great egret is a tall white heron that has a long graceful neck, long black legs and black feet. Its long pointed bill is yellow. Like the great blue heron, it uses a "stand and wait" method of catching fish. It wades in shallow water till it finds the right spot to wait for its meal to swim by, then it stabs it with its sharp bill.

During breeding time the great egret has beautiful lacy white plumes on its back and tail. Unfortunately, these feathers are what almost caused the bird to become extinct. Before it was protected by law, the great egret was hunted and killed for those lovely white plumes.

2 comments:

Gil said...

Looks like you have found a substitute for turkey at Thanksgiving this year! Just kidding as I think Egrets are protected.

Happy Thanksgiving to the both of you!

sheila said...

God that frickin thing is so white it hurts my eyes! lol.

Another awesome pic! I think I need a new camera!