|Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee)
|Date Taken: 2013-04-06|
|Camera: Canon Powershot SX230IS|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2013-04-09 17:44|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
The snowy egret is about two feet in length and has a wingspan of about three feet. It has white feathers, a yellow patch of skin around its eyes, a black bill and black legs with bright yellow feet. In breeding season, it has lacy plumes on its head, neck and back. Males and females look alike.
The snowy egret breeds on the Atlantic Coast, the Pacific Coast and the Gulf Coast. It is also found in some inland areas. It winters from California south to South America on the west coast and from Virginia south to the West Indies on the east coast.
The snowy egret can be found in marshes, swamps, shorelines, mudflats and ponds.
The snowy egret runs after its food. It eats shrimp, minnows and other small fish, crustaceans and frogs. It often feeds in groups.
The male selects a breeding area. Both the male and female build the nest. The male collects the materials and the female does the constructing. The nest is made of reeds and twigs and is placed in a bush or on the ground. The female lays three to five eggs and both parents share incubation duties. The eggs hatch in about three weeks. Both parents care for the chicks and feed them regurgitated food. The chicks fledge when they are about a month old.
Like other egrets, the snowy egret was once killed for its plumes. Its population was seriously damaged in the 1800's. It has made a recovery and is no longer hunted.
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- [2013-04-10 4:40]
Hi Manyee,really beautiful this new and different pic of this specie,the details of the plumage are very very good,excellent exposure and choice of point of view too.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano