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  •  aha! man I suck, I want to sqweek up and say (1+ / 0-)
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    burnt out

    that's a Reddish Egret like I know what I am talking about, but since I did just have to rescramble my eggs after getting Snowies and Cattle egrets mixed up again and again, (we have both as well as GBH and LGH and Great Egrets as well).

    So here I see a yellow/green beak, a large egret, and all black legs, I have a think, I think, 'I know, I'll look it up on the innernetz..and went to 'all about birds'-Snowy Egret, and at the bottom they have other species descriptions and how they are alike and different, and this appears to fit their description of the Reddish egret

    White morph resembles other white herons. Snowy Egret is smaller and more slender, has black bill, yellow feet, and yellow skin in front of eyes.
    my big clue, those giant wiggly yellow feet! How cool are they?!

    and then looking at the bill it is yellow with a green bit near the head.hmmm.

    Reddish Egrets


        Medium to large heron.
        Bill pink at base, black at tip.
        Dark phase all dark gray with a reddish neck.
        White form all white with two-toned bill and dark grey legs.
    ...so no...

    Now the ding dang birds are confusing enough without their dangnab morphs! erg! arr!

    So what the dang ding dong issit?

    Audubon says:

    Both morphs have long, blue legs and pink bills with black tips
    and whatbird has good pictures, all with yellow and black bills, and blueish legs.

    All show them as Caribbean perimeter and so into Florida.

    Maybe this is some breeding colors, or a cross or a local color strain, or maybe I don't know what'n heck I am talking about.

    Anyway, thanks for the great photo, whatever it is...:>

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    okok, I am nuts.
        I kept at it...and whatbird Great Egret says..well, shows in their pictures that it's a Great Egret, also in Florida, with black legs, shows some greenish tint and a yellow bill...so I'm in for $5  on the Great Egret.

    What'd I win?

    (I notice everyone else had the grace to just go la-la-la, not me!)

    And along the way, what bird had a link to the Chinese Egret, I thought, hmmm.

    so here's the facts they have:

       By the end of the 19th century, it had almost been extirpated by trade in its plumes and persecution.
        The biggest threat to the Chinese Egret is habitat loss. The current population is estimated at between 2,600 and 3,400 birds.(yikes!)
        The rapid decline of a colony at Shin-do, South Korea, in the early 1990s, was apparently a result of disturbance by photographers. (my bold..a lesson?)
        A group of egrets has many collective nouns, including a "congregation", "heronry", "RSVP", "skewer", and "wedge" of egrets.
    Anyway....very interesting, thanks for the trip.

    This machine kills Fascists.

    by KenBee on Mon May 13, 2013 at 12:12:55 AM PDT

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