Snowy egrets are medium-sized, white herons found both in fresh and salt water environments. Once hunted to near extinction (late 1800's) for it's feathers, protection has allowed their population to increase. Their range is now generally throughout the coastal United States and can even be found inland. The northern-most birds migrate south while southern populations may be permanent residents in their locales.
They feed on wetland creatures like insects, frogs, crustaceans, and fish, often walking along raking the bottom with their feet to stir up a meal.
This bird was wading at sunset along the beach in Frisco, on Hatteras Island, NC. I took the picture October 16, 2011.
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