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Great Egret (Ardea alba)
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Great Egret (Ardea alba)
Note the all-black legs and long, yellow bill

General Description: Great Egrets (Ardea alba) are large white herons. They are all white with a yellow-orange bill and gray to black legs (always dark all the way to the toes. Sexes alike. During breeding season, they grow long plume feathers can be seen flowing down the back and extending past the tail.

Taxonomy: Pelecaniformes, Ardeidae

Favored Habitat: Shallow ponds and marshes.

Great Egret (Ardea alba)
Great Egrets mostly catch and eat fish

Where to Find: Neighborhood ponds, parks (e.g., Lorenzi Park and Sunset Park), the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve, and Boulder Beach Marina at Lake Mead NRA. To find them in more natural habitat, visit the Pahranagat Valley or the Overton Wildlife Management Area.

Comments: Great Egrets feed in shallow water for fish and bugs, but they also forage on land for mice, lizards, and anything else they can catch.

Great Egret (Ardea alba) If you were a tasty bug or a little mouse, this might be the last face you ever see!
Great Egret (Ardea alba)
Great Egret with long breeding plumes
Great Egret (Ardea alba)
Great Egret with long breeding plumes
Great Egret (Ardea alba)
Great Egret up in a tree
Great Egret (Ardea alba)
Great Egret on dock
Great Egret (Ardea alba)
Great Egret in flight. Note breeding plumes trailing along the legs
Great Egret (Ardea alba)
Great Egret during winter in a cattail marsh
Great Egret
Great Egrets like to roost and nest in trees
Great Egret
Great Egrets in Henderson
Great Egret
Great Egret hunting in deep water
Great Egret
Great Egret hunting in deep water; got it!
Great Egret
Great Egret hunting in the grass, perhaps looking for mice
Great Egret
Great Egret hunting in the grass, perhaps looking for mice
Great Egret
Great Egret hunting on the edge of a pond
Great Egret
Great Egret on a gravel road; perhaps hunting lizards
Great Egret
Great Egret hunting in shallow water
Great Egret
Great Egret hunting in shallow water
Great Egret
Great Egret in Ruby Marsh, northeast Nevada
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Great Egret in flight
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Great Egret (Ardea alba)
Great Egret; Dunedin, Florida
Great Egret (Ardea alba)
Great Egret; Dunedin, Florida
Great Egret (Ardea alba)
Great Egret; Dunedin, Florida
Great Egret (Ardea alba)
Great Egret; Dunedin, Florida
Great Egret (Ardea alba)
Great Egret in Audubon Corkscrew Swamp, Florida
Great Egret (Ardea alba)
One less crawdad in Audubon Corkscrew Swamp, Florida
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Great Egret feet
Great Egret (Ardea alba)
Great Egret feet

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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