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The Greening of the Great Egret

As mentioned in my previous post, I had to save an image of one Great Egret for its own space. At the beginning of this year’s breeding season I was able to catch a lovely model, sporting a shocking green lore β€” the area between the bill and the eyes. During the breeding season, the lore may turn a vibrant green; theΒ Great Egret will also display long, elegant plumes on its back (evident in the second picture, slightly blocked by the swamp vegetation), which are used in courtship displays. Like a peacock, the feathery plumes will spread out like a fan. Outside the breeding season, these long feathers disappear.

Great Egrets are striking to spy in the swamp β€” their ethereal beauty, graceful stalking, and quiet strength is captivating. But the brilliant green lore and feathery plumes add yet more stunning display to an already magical scene.

Great Egret with Green Lore in the Florida Wetlands (Close-Up)

Great Egret with Green Lore in the Florida Wetlands


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  1. Great photos,, and catch of the egret at its breeding height. I’ve never seen lores quite this green.

    April 28, 2012
    • Thanks so much! The lores’ intensity at this time is truly amazing; perhaps the greens vary among the regions (hmmm)? It’s spectacular to see in the swamps…

      April 28, 2012
  2. Thank you. Amazing green. Amazing creatures!

    April 28, 2012
    • You’re so welcome, I’m glad I could share a glimpse of this amazing animal! Nature’s truly stunning with its brilliant coloring… Otherworldly.

      April 28, 2012
  3. i like the green spot between its eyes and mouth πŸ™‚

    April 28, 2012
    • Isn’t it unreal? So vibrant against their white feathers…

      April 28, 2012
  4. Wow! Had no idea there was such a creature. Very cool!!

    April 28, 2012
    • They’re amazing…. And in our area, with our wetland environments, thankfully plentiful. I’m not exaggerating when I say they’re an unreal sight in the swamps; so beautiful, even after all these years.

      April 28, 2012
  5. Thanks. I learned something today

    April 28, 2012
    • πŸ™‚ You’re welcome! Believe me, every day I’m out there it seems I’m learning something…

      April 28, 2012
  6. Reblogged this on Greenophilic.

    April 28, 2012
  7. helenefg #

    Good explanation and great pictures = o)

    April 28, 2012
    • Thanks so very much!! πŸ™‚ I’m lucky to have such a lovely canvas…

      April 28, 2012
  8. Wow – these shots are amazing!

    April 29, 2012
    • Thanks so much! I was just lucky to be in that spot…at that time, though. How can you not get a great shot of such a brilliant creature, with that coloring? πŸ™‚

      April 29, 2012
  9. I have never seen such a sight, such beautiful green! πŸ™‚

    April 29, 2012
    • Isn’t it amazing? To me, it’s totally unreal… So ethereal, especially with their shocking white plumage, and against the swamp background. Such a brilliant green; gotta love nature’s colors!! πŸ™‚

      April 29, 2012
      • Indeed….. Shame male Homo sapiens don’t make the same effort πŸ˜‰

        April 29, 2012
      • HAHAHAH!!! We think along the same lines…. I’ve said exactly those words as I’ve been out and about, spying all the pretty boy birds and critters. So funny.

        April 29, 2012
      • Just look at the peacock….. That’s making an effort πŸ˜€

        April 29, 2012
  10. This is so beautiful!! I have always wanted to buy myself a nice camera and go on an outdoor expedition (e.g. camping, hiking, wandering in fields, etc.) just to get an authentic outlook on the natural world. Personally, I find this post very inspiring. I think the macro-style shots really contribute to the inspiration. I hope you keep publishing posts like these. Cheers!

    April 29, 2012
    • Thanks so very much! I’m definitely more of the “hiker-with-a-camera” variety… My poor Canon gets a beating on some of our hikes (especially in the Everglades!). But it’s worth it. πŸ™‚ I’m yearning for a macro lens now (this actually was taken with a normal telephoto), to get those crisper details. We’ll see, we’ll see…. Thanks again for the follow and the kind words!

      April 29, 2012
  11. Beautiful pictures, I wish I was the one who took them. πŸ˜‰

    April 30, 2012
    • Thanks so much β€” I definitely don’t take it for granted, this access to such unique wildlife and flora!!

      April 30, 2012
  12. Beautiful! πŸ™‚

    May 1, 2012
    • Thanks! They’re striking in contrast to the swamps to begin with… Absolutely gorgeous birds. Add that green? I’m just happy I was there. πŸ™‚

      May 1, 2012
  13. Beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing this wonderful post.

    May 5, 2012
    • Thanks so very much! I was very lucky to have been witness to an already striking creature at that time…. πŸ™‚

      May 6, 2012
  14. Val #

    Wow, that is an amazing green. Your photos are fabulous – clear and high definition. I love the eye on this bird, it is very expressive. πŸ™‚

    July 13, 2012
    • Thanks so much! I was very lucky to snag this image, as he was far in the wetlands… It was breeding time, and this brilliant green only appears then. Nature is simply magical…!

      July 14, 2012
  15. I didn’t know about the green lore. Fantastic photos and interesting post.

    August 15, 2012
    • Thanks so much! I was thrilled to nab this guy β€” he was far off in the wetlands, and all I saw was a flash of that brilliant green. Nature provides truly brilliant colors, especially during courtship…

      August 15, 2012
  16. A bird lover #

    I love in Australia and saw something that looks exactly like that bird

    December 12, 2015
    • I know there are egrets in Australia, I’m just unsure of the differences of species therein… But the great egrets may very well be there! Very similar environment. πŸ™‚

      December 13, 2015

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