Great Egret?

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    Help me out, birders. I think this is a great egret but the bill seems a bit short. It's been hanging out in the drainage ditch behind my condo the past couple of days. I know the ditch contains frogs and turtles, don't know about fish. I was able to get a couple of shots this morning but the lighting was flat.

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    I'd say that's a great egret.
     
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    Agree, Great egret. All black legs/feet and size are a give-away. They do like frogs and smaller turtles for sure.
     
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    Thanks for the confirmation. I've seen blue herons back there before but this is the first time for the egret.
     
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    Beautiful bird. I agree it's an egret.
     
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    Yup! Good shot and hanging out in a ditch ain't so much
    fun in order to get such good pics.
     
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    I've seen the great egret and great blue herons hanging out at the same time in my pond in Mid Michigan. Took me a while to figure out what was going on...:)
     
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    So, how did it taste!? :evil:
     
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    I didn't have to hang out in the ditch. The picture was taken from my dining room. The ditch is about 40' from my back door. When I opened the door wall to my deck it exited the ditch on the far side. That's when I was able to get the shot.
     
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    We see a lot of great egrets and blue herons out of our windows, but then again, we live in a swamp.
     
  11. Jul 13, 2016 #11
    Yes definitely a great egret. They eat anything that is of swallowing size. I have seen them catch and eat rodents in the field and gobble it alive.
     

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