adult; no sexual dimorphism (California, USA; 2007-02-11)

Reddish gret
Egretta rufescens

Native Range: North America and Middle America

Notes: a large, dark, slender egret that fishes in an active style that includes jerky jumps, body leanings, wild dashes and other maneuvers that give the impression of a 'drunken sailor' trying to pick up a blowing leaf.

breeding plumage including tail plume (California, USA; 2007-02-11)

reddish head and neck, blue-gray body (California, USA; 2007-10-14)

head folded back on shoulders in flight (California, USA; 2007-02-11)

looking for fish; note bicolored bill (California, USA; 2007-03-04)

getting excited, feathers standing on end (California, USA; 2007-02-11)

acting a bit drunken (California, USA; 2007-02-11)

hurray, fish caught (California, USA; 2006-04-16)

another fish caught (California, USA; 2006-04-16)

stalking the next meal (Florida, USA; 2007-12-25)

one-legged pose for camera (Florida, USA; 2007-12-25)

in the early morning light (California, USA; 2011-12-20)