The elegant Great Egret [Ardea alba] is a dazzling sight as it stands still, watching for unsuspecting prey to pass by. Then, with startling speed, the egrets strike with a jab of their long neck and bill.
They were hunted nearly to extinction for their plumes in the late nineteenth century, sparking conservation movements and some of the first laws to protect birds.
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September 12th, 2012
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