Great Egret

Ardea alba

This large wading bird has all white feathers, a yellowish- orange bill and black legs. These birds live in brackish, marine and freshwater wetlands and can easily be seen walking across the marsh. The Great Egret will mainly eat small fish but will also hunt amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals and invertebrates. When hunting it will wade in belly deep to shallow water and will activity search or stand still and wait for prey to approach. During nesting season the males will pick the area for the nest to be constructed. The male will build a nest platform up to 100 feet off the ground in trees and when they pair up with a female they will complete the nest. The nest can be around 3 feet across and a foot deep lined with plant material.  The female will lay 1-6 eggs( 1-2 broods) which are incubated for 23-27 days.