These photos lends provides some perspective on the concept of ‘getting into’ fishing. Not only do these Snowy Egrets go after their food into the water to stab or grab them with their long bills but so do a number of other ‘wading birds’ including herons and other egrets.
Check out this bird’s legs–Snowy Egrets have black legs, at least in the front, and yellow feet. This gives them a very distinctive appearance that makes it easy to identify them.
Snowy Egrets range throughout many of the lower 48 states but have strayed into most the rest of those states and into southern parts of Canada. Since they feed in water they are generally found at ponds, lakes, rivers and streams, marshes and swamps, mudflats plus along many coastal areas. As opportunists they forage not only for fish but shrimp, crustaceans and even frogs.
I photographed this bird fishing last week in So. Texas where I am visiting. There are many Snowy Egrets in this usually semi-tropical location (though today it was quite chilly as the high only in the 40′s and a very high humidity level that makes it feel especially cold to this westerner who comes from a dry climate). Other common wading birds include Great Blue Herons (that most are familiar with) and Great Egrets.
While not found in most people’s back yard (unless they have a pond in their yard), they can be found in areas near when many of us live.
Do you ever go to areas with water where you have seen Snowy Egrets?