Great Egret at ICNA
Bob Gore has shared this photograph of a Great Egret that he saw by the reservoir at Ivy Creek. I have seen glimpses of it a few times over the past weeks so am thrilled that Bob was able to capture it digitally for us. The Great Egret migrates through this area at this time of year on their way south to Florida, the West Indies or even as far as southern Central America. Great Egrets were close to extinction in the late 19th/early 20th centuries as they were hunted for their plumes. The Sibley Guide to Bird Life and Behavior attributes the birth of the conservation movement and the establishment of the Audobon Society to public reaction over their slaughter. They are gorgeous creatures and it is not hard to see why people are moved by them. And thankfully, the species is now doing well.