The Great Egret is another of Palm Beach Counties more readily seen birds. They are seen just as often on sidewalks hunting lizards as they are fishing in any available lake or canal. I’ve seen them eating fish, turtles, snakes and frogs. They also unfortunately will eat other bird species babies.
The Great Egret is one of the widest ranging species of Egrets. It is seen on every continent except for Antarctica. In the US it ranges from parts of Southern New England to the tip of Florida and is seen all the way West to California.
The Great Egret is the symbol of the National Audubon Society and represents a conservation success story. Great Egrets were nearly eradicated by plume hunters in 19th-century North America. Nearly 95% of their population was destroyed for some stupid ladies hats. Fortunately this species has nearly fully recovered.
This beautiful bird nests at Wakodahatchee Wetlands in the Spring. One interesting thing about these guys is that the male will build a complete nest and then look for a mate. The Great Egret like many other species changes appearance during the mating season and sports the coolest lime green facial skin.