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January 25, 2014 / Leslie

Weekend Birding: Great White Egret

I featured the Great White Egret, a summer resident, last June. They are long distance migrants and are now at their winter homes in Central and South America. At the time, I wrote about how shy they are and how they usually fly away before I can get in camera range. A month later at a bird club event on a golf course I had the pleasure of photographing a very friendly and cooperative Egret who was unafraid of the many people out enjoying the summer day.

Great White Egret

We watched him land on a flower box on one of the small bridges over a water feature where he proceeded to preen his feathers. After preening it was off to a pond for a few minutes.

Great White Egret

Nothing much to see in the green, slimy water in this pond so off he flew to a larger, clearer pond, presumably for some fishing. Egrets hunt for their meals in shallow water. They will stand perfectly still and watch for small aquatic animals such as fish or frogs to swim past and when they do, quickly strike with their long neck and bill.

Great White Egret

I was able to get a lot of good shots of this bird and submitted a few of them to a photo contest at Cantigny Golf and Gardens where these were taken. The second photo I posted of the Egret taking flight was chosen as one of 40 finalists. It will be displayed on the wall of the visitor’s for the next year and the public can vote for their favorite. The top three win a gift card and all finalists receive a one-year membership to the park and gardens. And yes, I’m quite excited about this!


Saturday Snapshot was originated by Alyce at At Home With Books. It is now hosted by Melinda of West Metro Mommy. Visit her blog to see more great photos or add your own.

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  1. Arti / Jan 25 2014 12:06 pm

    Didn’t see your link in West Metro Mommy but just thought I’d come here anyway. Glad to see this beautiful Egret. Congrats on your being selected! That’s an exceptional photo.


  2. Beth Hoffman / Jan 25 2014 12:16 pm

    Fabulous photos, and the second one of the Egret taking off is breathtaking. I can see why it was selected as a finalist!


  3. Melinda Ott / Jan 25 2014 12:56 pm

    Beautiful pictures! It’s striking how white the egret is!


  4. laurelrainsnow / Jan 25 2014 2:08 pm

    Egrets are so elegant, and you have totally captured their spirit. Congrats on winning finalist!


  5. Brona / Jan 25 2014 5:14 pm

    Your in fight shot is wonderful – shows how graceful he is.


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  6. Louise / Jan 25 2014 6:28 pm

    How exciting. I wish I could vote for your photo. I can’t get over how similar these are to our great egrets:


    • Leslie / Jan 26 2014 3:05 am

      They sure do look like the same bird. I looked up the species Great Egret (Ardea alba) on ebird and the range is world wide with several subspecies. [ebird sightings map]


  7. Suko / Jan 25 2014 6:59 pm

    Congratulations on being a finalist, Leslie! I am not at all surprised. These photos are magnificent.


  8. BermudaOnion / Jan 25 2014 8:13 pm

    He wanted you to see how beautiful he is!


  9. gautami tripathy / Jan 25 2014 9:14 pm

    So so elegant!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Here is my snapshot post.


  10. Diane@BibliophilebytheSea / Jan 25 2014 10:09 pm

    so very majestic looking.


  11. Ginny / Jan 26 2014 6:21 am

    Beautiful photo, I’m sure you stand a great chance in the contest. I have seen a Little Egret once on a trip to Suffolk.


  12. Karen B / Jan 26 2014 9:21 am

    Congratulations! Tne birds are magnificent – so are your photos.


  13. WordsAndPeace / Jan 26 2014 8:39 pm

    so excited for you! good luck!


  14. Leeswammes / Jan 27 2014 3:15 pm

    Congratulations! That IS a very beautiful picture. I hope you win!


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