Achievement Starting Point Desire
Gary F Richards
Digital Art - Digital Paintings
The starting point of all achievement is desire. - Napoleon Hill
Great Egrets are one of the most graceful, magnificent american wetland birds. I digitally painted this great egret catching a frog for a snack, after witnessing their behavior near where I live in Bradenton Florida.
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Also known as a Common Egret, and (locally) American Egret. This is the largest of the three white egrets, and as the name would indicate, the most widespread and numerous. The Great Egret sports a bright yellow bill, and dark black legs.
During breeding season, the male Great Egret develops a green color around the eyes, and a beautiful wispy plume of feathers, which drape over its back and well past its tail. This gorgeous plumage nearly led to its demise in the early 1900s, as the feathers were highly sought as fashion accessories. In fact, the Audubon Society chose this bird in 1953 as its symbol, and it was formed in part to protect birds such as this one.
Great Egrets are common in populated areas, and you are likely to see them grazing in lawns and along hedgerows, seeking insects and reptiles. They are also widespread along coasts and wetlands where they tend to dine on crustaceans and small fish. Great Egrets may be confused with the Great White Heron, but that bird is a rare and local bird in southwest Florida’s Gulf Coast.
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December 19th, 2020
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