Great White Egret Breeding Plumage

A tall, stately white egret was nearly wiped out in the United States in the late 1800s, when its plumes were sought for use in hats for high fashion. The Great Egret made a comeback after early conservationists put a stop to the slaughter and protected its colonies.

The Great White Egret is absolutely stunning during the breeding season as they display bright green skin or lore around the eyes and ornamental back feathers. My photo shows a male white egret performing ritual mating behavior that consists of preening, stretching the neck up high, snapping quickly back down and preening again.

A closeup of the lore.

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