Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Project Nature, #1/50 Checklist of Florida's Birds
Commission's Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail. The above image, Reddish Egret, Egretta rufescens, is the beginning. I hope to learn about nature & birds, while enjoying the Florida weather and take my photography skills up a level. This is IMAGE #1.
Intermediate in size between the larger Great Egret and medium sized herons. There are two distinct color phases, a dark phase, which is grayish overall, with the head and neck reddish-brown, and a wholly white morph. The best field marks are its larger size and the black tipped bill, pinkish at the base. It generally appears to have a ruffled appearance; its habit of dancing or prancing through shallow water in search of prey is immediately recognizable. It is an uncommon year-round resident of the coastal mudflats of southern Florida.