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Beautiful White Egret Pictures

Updated on August 23, 2012

White Egret

Beautiful White Egret

I saw the most beautiful White Egret the other day. Something caught my eye when I was driving. It was a big white bird that I didn't think was indiginous to this area. I am still trying to research it to see if this is just a bird passing through or why I was abe to see this bird in this area of Western New York. I've seen Blue Heron's but never a bird that looked like a blue Heron but was White. It is just something that we don't see in this area. Of course I stopped to take several pictures.

It Was An Egret

I found out that the Great White Heron is not indigenous to New York. When I looked it up, I found that the Egret is very, very similar in looks to the Great White heron. I also called the local audubon society and they assured me that it was an Egret. It was still a beautiful bird, a beautiful sight.

Egret In Flight

The Great White Egret

As I watched the bird, it was so graceful. When it flew, I was able to get some pictures of it in flight. As I continued to watch, I saw another very large bird. A Blue Heron (i think) fly away as well. You can see the picture below.

I did find out that the White Egret passes through this area of Western New York in the Fall months. They can be spotted at those times on their way to warmer temperatures. I also found that the type of bird that I photographed here was A GREAT WHITE EGRET. It is related to the GREAT WHITE HERON family. The way it is distinguished is by it's yellow beak and black legs.

The Great White Egret is a symbol for the National Audubon Society. It became that in part because for a time, they used to kill these birds so that their feathers could be used, especially for decorating hats

Blue Heron

Great White Egret

Egret In Flight



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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Oh, yes, these are wonderful birds. I am enjoying them presently in OK.

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      wesleycox 6 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012

      Thank you, what you added made the article complete, I enjoyed learning more about the birds.

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      David Sproull 6 years ago from Toronto

      Nice! I saw a blue heron and a night heron here in Toronto about a week ago.

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      wesleycox 6 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012

      This is very interesting, I had a similar run in with a presumed extinct / not from the area bird. Come to find out it was a different bird from the area. Great story but I was left wanting to know more. Though your writing was good this seemed more like a status post on Facebook or something. We readers want to know more. Hoping I can come back to read a more in depth review.