Reddish Egrets – Adult and Juvenile, What An Incredible Treat!

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Heading out yesterday early morning for our an essential grocery store run, I grabbed my camera equipment, thinking, well, maybe I’ll just make a quick stop at the 10,000 Islands NWR Marsh Trail while enroute, see what might be out in the wetlands.Β  (It’s hard to pass and not want to stop for a quick look, you know? πŸ˜‰)

I am so glad I did stop….peering through an opening along the trail, look what I found!

Welcome to my photographed bird lifer list, #219 the Reddish Egret!Β  Not only was there an adult in the beginnings of its breeding plumage, but just further up the trail was also an immature/juvenile.

It was so hard to leave; but I finally did, 45 minutes and 300+ photos later.Β  πŸ˜‰

It’ll take time to go through all those photos of the prancing, dancing, and feather displays for some future posts.Β  But here’s a few so I can calm down from the excitement of sharing.Β  😊

Here are three photos sharing the adult Reddish Egret’s beautiful coloring and feather displays.

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Reddish Egret (adult)

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Reddish Egret (adult)

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Reddish Egret (adult)

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And here’s one of my photos of the juvenile Reddish Egret.

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Reddish Egret (immature/juvenile)

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Would you believe I was still walking on Cloud 9 at the grocery store?!

On the way back, I saw another awesome sighting of another bird species I’ve yet to share this winter from Florida.Β  Next post!

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68 thoughts on “Reddish Egrets – Adult and Juvenile, What An Incredible Treat!

  1. Great shots, Donna. You picked the right moment to visit the 10,000 Islands NWR Marsh Trail. πŸ™‚

  2. How lovely Donna another beautiful lifer. I love the textures in the plumage of this bird especially the breeding plumage, which Egrets are so elegant at producing. Beautiful pics all round my friend πŸ™‚

    • Thank you, Ashley! I was quite tickled with finding this bird, and then getting a bonus immature, oh my goodness, it really couldn’t get any better than that at that moment! πŸ™‚

  3. Oh my gosh, Donna. How beautiful! I can really relate to your excitement, though with me it was a tri-colored heron at Terrapin Park on Kent Island. Wow – 300+ photos. Going through those will be like being a kid in a candy shop. Can’t wait to see the others.

    • Thank you, Susan! I never saw one last winter down here and was just discussing with Rick last week about driving a couple hours up to Ding Darling NWR where they hang out more often. I’ve always wanted this bird. Oh yea, it’ll be fun to go through the rest and share!

  4. Exciting sighting, Donna! I didn’t even know such a bird existed, and what a beauty it is. You were wise to keep your camera handy, and lucky for us you did.

    • Thank you, Eliza! I very happy to share this egret with you! I’ve wanted to see this bird in past years but never found it. Finding it on the way I did while on an errand makes this a memorable sighting I won’t forget! πŸ™‚

    • Thank you, Ellen! It did not see me, and there were no other humans around to cause a distraction, what a special time it was! Including when a Wood Stork entered the scene, I almost fainted! LMAO Got to share some of those too, I know you love Wood Storks like me also. πŸ™‚

      • Donna, I know I wrote a reply to this but it seems to have disappeared into the ether or I was in the wrong spot. Anyhow, no fainting allowedβ€”just breath and get the picture! How lovely to be there just you and the birds. I look forward to your Wood Stork images!

    • Thanks Rudi! I am in a remote area of Florida, I am actually surrounded with parks, preserves, and refuges. I have a hard time going out and not wanting to stop everywhere all the time, lol.

  5. Fabulous, well done for taking the camera with you, just goes to show you never know what might cross your path. I thought these were herons at first before reading your text, I had never heard of reddish egrets.

    • Thank you, Sel, this was indeed a memorable moment for me, including because it was an errand run and I carried my camera! I’ve wanted to see and capture this egret for several years. πŸ™‚

  6. Congratulations on #219!!! So exciting!! Your elation is contagious and the pictures you got are terrific. This bird-watching adventure has proved to be very rewarding for you. πŸ™‚

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