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Great Egret

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A Great Egret in flight | 10/05/2013


The Great Egret is a large white bird with a yellow bill, long neck, and long black legs. Don't confuse this bird with the Snowy Egret which has a black bill, black legs, and yellow feet.

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First observation

📆 11/05/2013
📍 Los Angeles, California

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Experiences & anecdotes

05/11/2023 - I have fond memories of visiting Playa del Rey in Los Angeles and watching these birds wade through the water.

Recently, when I was visiting the Leon Creek Trailway which runs along the perimeter of Mitchell Lake, I was treated to a bunch of these egrets walking through the reeds. It was here that I heard them vocalize for the first time.

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The fancy feathers of the Great Egret | 01/18/2014

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This egret pokes its head out of the tree canopy | 07/11/2021

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A Great Egret wading in the water | 11/10/2013

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Closeup of the Great Egret | 11/10/2013

Audio recordings

  • ML517883561 - 0:25
    • Listen to the croaking calls of the Great Egret. Notice the visible "bug band" in the spectrogram which is a result of the insect noise pollution in the recording.

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