Snowy Egret With The Golden Slippers


Another Egret plentiful in Florida is the elegant Snowy Egret.ย  They are easily identifiable with their bright yellow feet or “golden slippers”.


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Snowy Egret in flight


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Snowy Egret landing


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Snowy Egret Portrait


Snowy Egrets use their bright yellow feet to stir up or probe in the mud, rounding up prey to strike with its bill.


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Snowy Egret stirring its feet while stalking for prey


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Snowy Egret with a snack


Although the front of their legs are black, the back of the Snowy Egrets’ legs are yellow like their feet as seen in the next photo.


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Snowy Egret


So stylish with those “golden slippers”….


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Snowy Egret going down an embankment to the water


Want to see those “golden slippers” up close?

(click on photos to enlarge)


Snowy Egret’s yellow feet or “golden slippers”


With the breeding season beginning, those feet will brighten even more!


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A Snowy Egret spots another Snowy Egret – it’s breeding time!



54 thoughts on “Snowy Egret With The Golden Slippers

  1. Looks like they’ve just walked through a pool of yellow paint – at least if it wasn’t for those black ‘fingernails’. And how strange that the backs of the legs are yellow as well. Maybe their legs were all yellow but they developed the black front so that they were not seen by the fish. A beautiful bird whatever. ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Thank you, Mike! You’re correct on the black front, so the legs aren’t seen in the water by prey. The Snowy Egret will also fly low and dangle their feet into the water skimming the surface to attract/scare up fish with that bright yellow. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Beautiful photos! I love these birds and can’t wait until they return to the Chesapeake and our cove this Spring.

    • Thank you, Ellen! I love their feet too, just mesmerizing. Getting to watch them in action, wiggling those yellow toes through the clear water was pretty special. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Wow, this is just gorgeous, Donna. I have never been that close to a Snowy. Somehow they look so dainty, it must be those golden slippers. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I especially love your close-ups here, Donna! Iโ€™ve always been delighted by the sight of the Snowy Egretโ€™s bright yellow feet in contrast to their black legsโ˜บ๏ธ

    • Thank you, I just love those yellow feet/black legs too! It wasn’t until the last couple years I realized the backs of their legs were yellow. How clever a design for prey stalking!

      • OMG, this is quite amazing! I see Snowy Egrets all the time in our wetlands in Palm Beach County, and I thought I read your post carefully… BUT, I didnโ€™t even realize that you pointed out that the backs of their legs are yellow – and I never knew that! How could I have missed it all this time?Thanks for reiterating it for me in your reply, Donna!

  5. Gorgeous. I think these Snowy Egrets are so much more elegant than the Great Egrets, mostly what we have here. Oh, I drool over all the chances you’re having to see all these wonderful birds. Thank you for letting us enjoy them with you. It’s a real treat.

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