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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Reddish Egret

I'm not a birder. Just about everything I know about bird identification I've learned from my fellow bloggers. When I saw this bird while in Florida last month, I had no idea what it was. A little internet research soon revealed that my mystery bird was a Reddish Egret. 

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The Reddish Egret is described as a medium to large heron with reddish or rusty coloring on the head and neck; slate-gray body; long, blue legs; and pink bill with black tip. I read that there is also an all-white version of this bird, but even that morph retains the traditional coloration of legs and bill.

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It is said that the Reddish Egret, an inhabitant of the saltwater marshes and lagoons skirting the Gulf of Mexico, is the rarest and least well-known of the North American herons.

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The Texas Parks and Wildlife website states that there are only 1,500 to 2,000 nesting pairs of Reddish Egrets in the United States; and most of these are in Texas.

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This egret is noted for its spirited foraging techniques.

I recently came across some photos of a Reddish Egret posted by fellow blogger, Tabor. I thought her images were spectacular, especially as they show this bird demonstrating some attitude. Click here to see a Reddish Egret with a killer hairdo.


18 comments:

  1. I have never seen a reddish egret before. How majestic! What a great series of photos here, Linda, and the last one is the icing on the cake.

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  2. awesome coloring. wow ... not a color combo i have ever seen. i get to see either white or that blueish color. this is a nice change. i like how they get all tousled??! is that the word i want??! maybe?? ha. ha!! ( :

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  3. These photos are a real treat for me since I am rarely near the Gulf. I love this colorful bird. I can't seem to find the list of birds we saw at Bentsen Rio Grande State Park in Texas several years ago so I may have seen it from a distance but not closeup for sure. Imagine having blue legs and not even being cold; that's pretty cool.

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  4. I hadn't seen pictures of this bird before. Your photos are marvelous.

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  5. linda, you absolutely blew me away with these shots! crystal clear, perfect detail and lighting! wow! magnificent creature (which i've never seen in person - they stay along the coast.)

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  6. Hi Linda - Your shots of this Egret are just absolutely superb! They are crystal clear, and like Tex said, the lighting was perfect! Congrats!!! Oh, and I went and looked at the shots in the link you gave us - terrific photos there too.

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  7. What a magnificent capture of such a beautiful bird.I will have to read more on this catch.

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  8. So kind of you to link AND to comment! Your photos are beautiful.

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  9. Fantastic captures, Linda. You and Tabor were both lucky to see this beauty and to photograph it so well.

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  10. Beautiful pictures. When I saw my first one in Florida I thought it was drunk, staggering around to stir up food. Interesting foraging technique indeed!

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  11. It's a beautiful bird, Linda, the combination of colours is quite unusual looking. Its long brown feathers on the neck resemble mane, don't they? :)

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  12. You have fantastic images of this bird. That bill is so unusual in it's colouring.

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  13. I love his feathers...and the red is indeed new to me....nice photos....but then they always are.:)

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  14. Oh. Em. Gee. Seriously, these photos are spectacular! You have to know I am just a tad bit envious (Lord, forgive me) that you not only saw this, but got such fantastic images. :) Gosh, I really did not know they were this gorgeous. Bravo, Linda, bravo!!!

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  15. Hi Linda! I am just intrigued by this birds eyes. They seem so piercing and intent! I'm sure that helps with catching dinner, but it speaks to me of intent. I hope I can be as focused on my life...and as aware!
    Thank you for introducing yet another bird to me. Coming here is like a tutorial for me, and done in a beautiful way with photos.

    Blessings to you,
    Ceil

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  16. Those are great shots Linda! What a find. Thanks for sharing. I hope you and Doug have been well! :)

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