Reddish Egret

Photos taken at Fort DeSoto

A conspicuously long-legged, long-necked wader of coastal regions, more tied to salt water than any of the other herons or egrets. Often draws attention by its feeding behavior: running through shallows with long strides, staggering sideways, leaping in air, raising one or both wings, and abruptly stabbing at fish. Also notable for its two color morphs. Reddish Egrets are either dark or white for life, beginning with the downy stage in the nest. Mated pairs may be of the same or different color morphs, and broods of young may include either or both morphs. Over most of range, dark birds are far more numerous.
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2. Reddish’s have amazing feathers.