Great Egret | Bulls Island Natural Area

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Description

Casmerodius albus
• Large wading bird with all white plumage
• Yellow bill and glossy black feet
• Stalks prey or walks slowly in shallow water searching for prey
• Monogamous
• Nests in colonies in trees or shrubs, near marshes, swamps, or tidal estuaries
• Preys on fish, frogs, crabs, crayfish, insects and snakes
• Habitats include fresh and salt water, but prefer nutrient- rich tidal marshes or wetlands
• Long plumage once sought for lady's hats

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