|Snowy Egrets and other birds
Among the most elegant of the herons, the slender Snowy Egret sets off immaculate white plumage with black legs and brilliant yellow feet.
Those feet seem to play a role in stirring up or herding small aquatic animals as the egret forages. Breeding Snowy Egrets grow filmy, curving
plumes that once fetched astronomical prices in the fashion industry, endangering the species. Early conservationists rallied to protect egrets
by the early twentieth century, and this species is once again a common sight in shallow coastal wetlands.
Black-crowned Night-Herons are stocky birds compared to many of their long-limbed heron relatives. They’re most active at night or at dusk,
when you may see their ghostly forms flapping out from daytime roosts to forage in wetlands
A wading bird of the deep South, the striking White Ibis is frequently seen on lawns looking for large insects as well as probing for prey along
the shoreline. Although we did see them on lawns, all these pictures were shot in the wild.
A surprisingly large number of vultures.