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Great Egret Collection

A collection of great egret photos taken over the years and posted to the Animalblog blog.
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Great Egret (Ardea Alba)
(1 of 15) (8079 views)

(2007) Palo Alto Bird Sanctuary
Photo Posted May 22, 2007
© 2007 Terry Costales
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These large egrets are graceful and breathtaking in flight. I watched this bird flying back and forth several times bringing nesting material back to it's mate.

There was only one pair that I saw amongst dozens of the smaller Snowy Egrets.


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Great Egret (ardea alba)
(2 of 15) (7914 views)

(2007) Palo Alto Bird Sanctuary
Photo Posted May 23, 2007
© 2007 Terry Costales
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This shows all the markings you would look for in identifying this bird in the breeding season. The lacy plumes on the back and the green/blue "mask" that extends from the base of the bill to the eye are only present during this time.

The Audubon Society came into existence to stop the extermination of great Egrets by plume hunters and has this bird as it's logo.

Great Egrets are found world-wide, even in Australia external link.


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Great Egret and Pheasant
(3 of 15) (7835 views)

(2007) Delta waters near Oakley, California
Photo Posted Saturday, October 13, 2007
© 2007 Terry Costales
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I didn't see a pheasant when I looked at this tree, only the Egret. As the boat drew nearer to the tree the pheasant burst out, startling the egret and me. I tried to get a shot of them as they flew past, but I was much too slow. It wasn't until I looked at the photos at home that I had the pleasure to see I had gotten a shot of the pheasant after all.


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Great Egret flying
(4 of 15) (7957 views)

(2007) Delta waters near Oakley, California
Photo Posted Thursday, October 18, 2007
© 2007 Terry Costales
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To get a shot of a graceful bird flying is always a coup.


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Great Egret
(5 of 15) (7829 views)

(2007) Delta Waters near Oakley, California
Photo Posted Sunday, October 21, 2007
© 2007 Terry Costales
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I got this shot just as the egret was landing. Look closely and you can see the feet haven't quite come to rest on the pipe.


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Great Egret
(6 of 15) (7816 views)

(2007) Delta waters near Oakley, California
Photo Posted Monday, October 22, 2007
© 2007 Terry Costales
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I think I am addicted to taking shots of flying egrets.


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Great Egret
(7 of 15) (7882 views)

(2007) Palo Alto Bird Sanctuary
Photo Posted Thursday, November 8, 2007
© 2007 Terry Costales
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I was fascinated to watch this egret hunt external link. He moved very patiently and slowly, then his head would dart into the shallow water and he would come up with a little fish. It must take a lot of little fish to fill such a large bird.


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Great Egret
(8 of 15) (7934 views)

(2007) Palo Alto Bird Sanctuary, California
Photo Posted Saturday, November 10, 2007
© 2007 Terry Costales
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The Great Egret has just caught a small fish.


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Great Egret
(9 of 15) (5368 views)

Amazon River, Peru
(Photo posted Saturday 19 December, 2009)
(Photo taken 06:28:09 Wednesday 8 April, 2009)
© 2009 Terry Costales
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A bird in flight against an overcast sky framed by jungle trees. A memorable moment.


Angela Beske, Tuesday 5 January 2010

I just wanted you to know that I chose this most wonderful photo as the background of my work desk top: I looked at a lot of your photos in the past half hour.. it was not an easy choice!! This one worked best because I can see my short cuts on the dark back ground on the bottom-. Thank YOU!!!!!


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Great Egret (Ardea alba)
(10 of 15) (6994 views)

Bodega Bay, California
(Photo posted Thursday 21 January, 2010)
(Photo taken 01:40:22 Sunday 9 November, 2008)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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A great egret at the edge of the bay looking for food. It is a very graceful bird whether walking or flying. external link internal link


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Snowy Egret and Great Egret
(11 of 15) (6631 views)

Middle Harbor Park, Oakland, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 16 June, 2010)
(Photo taken 15:39:54 Sunday 14 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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The larger Great Egret was stalked by the smaller Snowy Egret.


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Great Egret (Ardea alba)
(12 of 15) (3113 views)

Leon, Nicaragua
(Photo posted Friday 6 January, 2012)
(Photo taken 08:03:29 Thursday 17 November, 2011)
© 2012 Terry Costales
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A Great Egret strutted by a small flock of Black Vultures on the beach. external link


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Great Egret (Ardea alba)
(13 of 15) (3183 views)

Leon, Nicaragua
(Photo posted Saturday 21 January, 2012)
(Photo taken 09:20:56 Thursday 17 November, 2011)
© 2012 Terry Costales
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When I was in Nicaragua, this egret posed against the blue sky reminded me of California. external link


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Great Egret (Ardea alba)
(14 of 15) (3412 views)

Leon, Nicaragua
(Photo posted Monday 23 January, 2012)
(Photo taken 08:03:29 Thursday 17 November, 2011)
© 2012 Terry Costales
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#TC1_0280


A Great Egret takes flight. external link


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Great Egret (Ardea alba)
(15 of 15) (3200 views)

Leon, Nicaragua
(Photo posted Saturday 28 January, 2012)
(Photo taken 09:30:57 Thursday 17 November, 2011)
© 2012 Terry Costales
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The sunlight illuminates the musculature of the egret. external link


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