The Great Egret is a large heron that is white with black legs. That is a fact for you but it does not describe the beauty of this elegant creature! Richard and I saw this at Alexander Lake at Panola Mountain State Park, at the lower lake, which after being drained is more of a wetlands area. "A tall, stately white wader of quiet waters" is how the Audubon Society describes this bird.
The Great Egret was nearly wiped out at the end of the 19th century in North America and you would never believe the reason...it was for their plumes to decorate women's hats.
Have you ever noticed the symbol for the National Audubon Society? It was chosen in 1953 and it is the Great Egret in flight.
Look! Here I am wearing a National Audubon Society cap! The Great Egret is just behind me here but just to the right, not in the photo. If your eyes are very good, you might spy another bird that we also admired. Can you see it? It is just above my capped head, just a bit to the left. (There are no natural lakes in Georgia, you can see all the tree stumps that were at the bottom of the lake!)
There, now you can see it! It is the Great Blue Heron. We have often seen this bird at Alexander Lake but this was the first time we had seen the Great White Egret. (I do wonder if they are common in the Atlanta area!)
Of course, I asked Richard to try and get both birds into the same shot. You know he did!
I found a video from the Audubon Society for you!
We love our birds. You really don't have to have any special equipment to enjoy them...just look out for them!