Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Featured Feathered Friend: Snowy Egret

One of the best things about living in South Florida is the constant supply of wading birds. One of my personal favorites is the Snowy Egret, with its yellow lores contrasting with its black bill, and of course, its bright yellow feet at the end of long black legs. 

Today's Featured Feathered Friend is the Snowy Egret. I took this set of pictures at Wakodahatchee Wetlands in March 2010. This particular Snowy Egret was putting on quite a show - flying low right above the water as he dangled his little yellow feet in the water trying to attract some tasty morsels. He would tip toe across the water, try to grab a bite, and then turn around and do it all over again. He continued to do this for some time, and it was a joy to watch. Here you can also see his beautiful lacy plumes on his head and tail as he danced on the water like an agile ballerina. 

Snowy Egret gliding over the water

Snowy Egret dipping his feet in the water to attract food

Snowy Egret turns to do the dance once again


  1. This is a great series Maureen, of a bird I love to watch! I've seen Snowy Egrets fishing many times but have never seen this technique. They are definitely clever waders!