Scratching That Itch

Thursday, October 15, 2020,

This is a juvenile Snowy Egret finding the spot. Luckily, these birds come equipped with a pair of excellent back (or neck) scratchers. And they’re very nimble. You can identify this Snowy as a juvenile by the yellow line that runs along the back of its leg. Snowy Egrets are known for their bright yellow feet aka “Golden Slippers.” Adults have all black legs but as youngsters, they have pale yellow legs. As the summer progresses, their legs lose the yellow and become black. In my mind’s eye and highly unscientific view, I imagine all that pale yellow coloration slowly draining down to their feet and concentrating into those classic Golden Slippers. JK.



The Headless Egret Of Sleepy Hollow

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Now, where did I leave that thing?

I came across this Great Egret preening its feathers upon a post on the Lower Carmans River. I took several shots as it was going about its business but it wasn’t until I was going through my shots a few days later that I saw what I had captured. I laughed right out loud when I saw it. The same bird, with head, is pictured below. JK

Oh, there it is.