Merritt Island, Florida
24.000 x 36.000 x 2.000 inches
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Painting - Acrylic On Canvas
I painted this beautiful bird in honor of my mother shortly after her death. I saw this scene at the Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge the last time that I drove her through there. She was enchanted with the bird. It reminded me of her and helped me to recover from her death.
The snowy egret is about two feet in length and has a wingspan of about three feet. It has white feathers, a yellow patch of skin around its eyes, a black bill and black legs with bright yellow feet. In breeding season, it has lacy plumes on its head, neck and back. Males and females look alike.
The snowy egret runs after its food. It eats shrimp, minnows and other small fish, crustaceans and frogs. It often feeds in groups.
The male selects a breeding area. Both the male and female build the nest. The male collects the materials and the female does the constructing. The nest is made of reeds and twigs and is placed in a bush or on the ground. The female lays three to five eggs and both parents share incubation duties. The eggs hatch in about three weeks. Both parents care for the chicks and feed them regurgitated food. The chicks fledge when they are about a month old.
Like other egrets, the snowy egret was once killed for its plumes. Its population was seriously damaged in the 1800's. It has made a recovery and is no longer hunted.
March 21st, 2013
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