Thursday, October 29, 2009

Great egret

The great egret is the largest of the egret/heron family in Costa Rica. They can reach 101 cm (40 in.) high.

You can tell the difference between a great egret and a snowy egret because the great egret has a yellow beak, but a snowy egret has a black beak.

The extra long tail feathers on this bird is a sign that it is the breeding season.

The scientific name for a great egret is casmerodius albus. They are known locally in Costa Rica as garceta grande.

5 comments:

brattcat said...

I'll have to remember that about the beaks. Thanks, Dave.

Sharon said...

Another beautiful and sleek feathered friend! Very nice.

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

you are on a bird quest. the number of excellent bird photos you have captured is truly amazing

Jarart said...

Very pretty with the long black stockings and fancy dress. I like the reflection too.

glenda said...

The ibis and the egret are so beautiful. Pretty spectacular to see them in flight. These are great shots and the info is really helpful to tell them apart.

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