Reddish Egret With Fish
Photograph - Photograph
A non-breeding adult reddish egret just off the beach with a just-caught fish in its beak.
This image has been featured in the following groups:
A Birding Group - Wings,
Birds in Focus,
Coastal Water Birds-shore Birds &
Wild Birds Of The World – A Nature Photography Group
Seen in coastal areas of Florida, more often in the central and south peninsula. The year-round range includes the United States gulf coast and much of the Caribbean. Non-breeding range includes the coasts of Mexico and South America.
There are two distinct colorings of reddish egrets. The dark morph is more common. The white morph looks very similar to some of the other white birds of the heron family.
The dark morph is more common. Juveniles are grayish overall with a dark, or mostly dark beak. Adults have a gray body and russet neck and head. Second year and non-breeding have only a small lighter area near the base of the beak. Breeding adults have a beak with the base all pink and a dark tip. All forms have dark legs.
Usually found singly in shallow salt water. Quite animated when fishing - running, jumping and spreading their wings to lure fish into the shade.
(Subject description from the artist's Wild Florida Photo website www.wildflphoto.com)
January 17th, 2020
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