BACK COUNTRY BY ROBERT ADAMS
A snowy egret [Egretta thula] is hunting alone in its perfect habitat. Standing in shallow water, it’s hoping to spear its prey, which may be a frog or small fish. Adult snowy egrets are easy to recognize with an all white body, a black bill, black legs and yellow feet. At one time, the plumes of the snowy egret were in great demand as decorations for women’s hats. Now protected in the United States by law, under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, this bird’s population has rebounded.
March 3, 2023