I’ve seen more and more Snowy Egrets the past few weeks but haven’t had any great opportunities to photograph them yet this year. When I lived in Florida I saw these wading birds all year long but here in Utah they are migratory and are only here for a few months like the Cattle Egrets that are also migratory here.
In Florida these birds nested in trees as a colony and here in Utah, at least at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, they most likely nest in the marsh grasses because there are very few trees on the refuge. They might have a rookery at nearby farms where cottonwood, poplar and other tree species have been planted. I am just not sure.
But they are very attracted to the marshes at the refuge and at times they congregate in groups of 20 or more to forage in the shallow waters. I saw one at a stinky, spring fed pond in northern Utah last week and it reminded me that I hadn’t posted this image yet. When I photographed these two Snowy Egrets at Bear River MBR last August they were already through raising their young for the season. There were also immature egrets nearby when I photographed this pair.
Admittedly I took seeing Snowy Egrets for granted while I lived in Florida but since I moved here I find myself being more appreciative of their presence at the local areas where I photograph birds most often.
Life is good.