Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Great White Egret

Great Egrets (Ardea alba) are one of the most visible birds in Florida. They're big, nearly as big as Michigan's Blue Herons (which also live in Florida.) Their brilliant white feathers stand out from the green reeds and grasses making them very easy to spot, even at 70 mph on the Interstate.

I think of them as tropical birds, but apparently they are widely distributed throughout the world, even occasionally in Michigan and Wisconsin.

This post is part of a series on Florida's Gulf Coast

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