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Great Egret or Great Blue (white phase) (1 Viewer)


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I took this photo at the in Oakland. I have seen numerous Great Egrets but this particular bird impressed me with its sheer bulk and size. The egrets I have seen before in comparison, appeared to be far more thinner and smaller in size. Hence the question. Is this a a white morph of the Great Blue Heron? Thanks for your help. Great Egret or Great Blue (white phase).jpg


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This one's a Great Egret. The bill is significantly thinner than a white Great Blue, and also brighter yellow. The legs are just visible and quite black, not the dirty brownish/flesh color of Great Blue.


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The white morph of Great Blue Heron is only seen in the Southern Everglades, Florida Keys and parts of the Caribbean, so finding one outside of this region makes it a true rarity.

Also, so you can have a visual cue of what to look for if you're ever in these regions, here is a photo I took of one late last year in the Flamingo area of the Everglades: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/272015511

James Lowther

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just as an aside - Great White Heron Ardea occidentalis has been recently split by Birdlife International (although the split was declined by NACC and IOC)

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