We have a silly Great Egret who is a frequent visitor in our back yard. If we aren't on the porch he will walk right up to our sliding glass door and stretch his neck full length to look around to see what's going on inside the house. He stands almost as tall as I am when he's fully stretched out. He has startled me more than a few times. Of course we've named him Stretch, what else would we call him?
Stretch at Sunset
I could never tell the difference between a Great White Heron and a Great Egret. I've read that you can tell by a slight difference in their beak, others said by the way their neck curves, but I just couldn't see the difference no matter how hard I tried. I just recently read that Great White Herons have light colored legs, Great Egrets have black legs. Is it really possible it was really that easy to identify them all along?! Birding friends please verify!
More Florida fun on the way tomorrow for the A to Z Challenge.