Great Egrets

The last of my Great Egret captures taken at Blackwater NWR in the past couple months.

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Great Egret


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Great Egret


It’s amazing how white they remain, even when foraging in the muddy marshes.

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Great Egret


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Great Egret with a just-caught snack


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Great Egret – snack gone in a gulp!


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Great Egret


I’ve been back to the refuge three times in the past three weeks and no longer see any Egrets of any kind.Β  It looks like they’ve officially left for the fall/winter to warmer temperatures in the southern states of the U.S.



33 thoughts on “Great Egrets

  1. Great captures of this bird Donna. I see a few of these when I visit the local wetlands. I love watching them, so graceful on their long legs.

  2. I’m pretty sure our egrets stick around all year. Never gave it a thought, but you’re right about them staying so white even after wading through some serious muck! Amazing!

  3. Beautiful Donna, especially with the beginning of breeding plumage, should look even better in a couple of weeks. They are such majestically elegant beautiful birds.

    • Thank you Ashley! I took these over the summer so they’ve lost their breeding plumage colors. I thought they were interesting to share their pure whiteness in all that marshy muck. πŸ™‚

  4. Beautiful photos Donna! I especially love the ones with the reflections. Like you, I miss the egrets. I am always on ‘auto’ mode, looking for that white object against the shoreline or in the trees. But now that they are gone my eye is on auto mode for eagles and hawks in the nearby trees, especially as the leaves disappear and make them easier to spot.

  5. Great captures Donna! I agree with you, I think they are on their way South. Don’t you get amazed these birds are pure white in the muddiest environments however, they do not have one iota of splash or dirt on their impeccable plumage!. πŸ™‚

  6. Great photos, Donna! I haven’t seen any Great Egrets for quite a while now. It’s amazing how widespread they are, too. Just beautiful!

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