Saturday, February 28, 2009

Camera Critters---Reddish Egret

I recently spent 10 days on the Texas coast. One of my favorite birds from the trip was the Reddish Egret. They are quite handsome. While feeding they seem to lurch from place to place. The thing I found most interesting about them was their head feathers. One field guide described them as "shaggy plumes" and another described them as "loose-feathered".

These photos were taken at Brazoria NWR. Brazoria was one of the refuges that was damaged during Hurricane Ike. According to the sign at the closed visitor center, things were beginning to come back. The day I spent there, there seemed to be a nice variety of birds.


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The next two photos show the "shaggy plumes"

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A Northern harrier had just passed over, and this is the reaction it evoked

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10 comments:

G. Crappy said...

Gorgeous bird and fantastic photos!

sandy said...

most cool looking sandy

Anna said...

Those shaggy plumes are really interesting. Lovely birds.

Skittles said...

Hey! My hair looks like those plumes in the morning. :)

T said...

I love it! They are just the cutest!

Tink *~*~* said...

I am so jealous of all the folks who post pictures of reddish egrets. I've never seen one. I live in SW Florida and I think I've seen every other kind of water fowl including some that only winter here, but never the reddish egret! Well, maybe someday I will get lucky.

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ChrisC and JonJ said...

I would love to see a red egret.Very nice capture.

Denise said...

Wonderful! Great series of photos of this very interesting bird, the last one also with the other.

Dianne said...

I love the shaggy plumes!!

byrningbunny said...

lol That reaction would scare anyone away! He looks like my 2yr old in the morning. Great shots!