Great Egret Images, Facts and Information:
- Great Egrets are tall, long-legged wading birds with all white plumage, yellow bills and black legs.
- In some areas Great Egrets are year round residents and in others they are medium distance migrants.
- In the mid nineteenth century Great Egrets were nearly hunted to extinction because of their plumes. At the time they were used in ladies hats. When hunting them became illegal they slowly bounced back and are no longer in danger of extinction.
- Great Egrets can be found in ponds, lakes, marshes, swamps, freshwater, brackish water and saltwater environments.
- Great Egrets eat fish, amphibians, crustaceans, eggs, birds, small mammals, insects and reptiles.
- Great Egrets lay 1 to 6 eggs which hatch in 23 to 26 days. Both sexes incubate and they are monogamous, colonial nesters.
- A group of egrets can be called a “heronry”, “skewer” and “wedge” of egrets.
- Great Egrets can live to be more than 22 years old.
I hope you enjoy viewing my Great Egret photos.