I have still lots of photos to process from our trip to Florida at Easter. I have already posted a range of images of the Great Egret. So here are a few of its smaller cousin the Snowy Egret. Superficially similar to the Little Egret , which is found in the UK, the Snowy Egret is a smaller, more delicate bird than the Great Egret. It has characteristic black bill and black legs with bright yellow feet, plumes down the back of the head and a yellow loral spot before its eye, which turns red when breeding.
There were a number of Snowy Egrets at the Gatorland Rookery, although they were a lot fewer in number than the Great Egrets. A few birds were still on their nests incubating eggs.
I had to wait patiently to get a shot of the eggs as well, but eventually one bird stood up to stretch and turn the them.
Many of the birds had pink red lores.
For more Snowy Egret images please go to the gallery here.