Great Egret (Ardea alba)

The Great Egret is a huge bird, measuring 1 meter from bill to feet. Its body is covered mostly on white plumage, with a bright yellow eye and bill, which is large and pointed, which helps to catch fish from rivers and ponds. Its long neck is most of the time coiled in an S-pattern. Its legs are black and very long, which helps to wade the shallow waters. Like most egrets, they inhabit the wetlands of Costa Rica, particularly at low altitude.

Great Egret - Ardea Alba - Garceta Grande, Garza Real (5)

The deep blue sky in the morning reflected on the small pond, and the sunrise sun illuminated its head and neck pretty well

Great Egret - Ardea Alba - Garceta Grande, Garza Real (3)

Great Egret portrait at San Rafael de Alajuela. They use that long beak as a spear to catch fish on small ponds

Great Egret - Ardea Alba - Garceta Grande, Garza Real (4)

This bird has repeatedly visited my home. It comes to catch fish at the small pond

Great Egret - Ardea Alba - Garceta Grande, Garza Real (2)

A Great Egret standing on a log at Chomes, Puntarenas

 

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