Saturday, November 17, 2012

Photograph: Egret Elegance

I like the way the egret is studying itself intently, very nearly touching and making a perfect circle.

I've always had trouble telling the snowy egret and the great egret apart when they're not near one another for size comparison, and especially when the snowy egrets aren't in their breeding plumage, but someone recently clued me in: the Great White Egret has a yellow beak and black feet; the snowy has a black beak and yellow feet. How simple!

This was taken in Huntington Beach Central Park in Talbert Lake which has, bless it, lasted all year long this year. If we get any decent rain this winter, we may have it for two years running, to the benefit of frogs, turtles, waterfowl, and photographers.

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