November 12, 2014

Formal Attire



This great egret is in full breeding plumage and looks like he is dressed for a formal dinner

We saw it in a breeding colony
in Norfolk Virginia last spring.

Ardea alba

Great Egrets fly slowly but powerfully: with just two wingbeats per second their cruising speed is around 25 miles an hour.

The oldest known Great Egret was 22 years, 10 months old and was banded in Ohio.

source - Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

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