Great (White) Egret
Ardea alba
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The great or great white egret is the largest African egret. These photos show that the gape extends well behind the eye and the feet and legs are black, features that distinguish it from other egrets. The bill turns black and the lores, green in breeding plumage (2nd row photo, Arusha NP, 6-14). The upper flight photo was taken in Pangani (5-12), courtesy of Paul Oliver. The 5th row photos are courtesy of Karine Van der Vurst. The 6th row photo with the little egret was taken in Chobe NP (Botswana, 4-16). The other photos were taken at Lake Duluti, Pembe Abwe and Ruaha. Click the left lower photo to see more including flight photos and breeding plumage.
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All unattributed images on this website are:
copyright © 2001-20 Ron Eggert or David Peterson
All other images are the property of the indicated photographers:
Karine Van der Vurst, Per Holmen, Paul Oliver, Stuart Webb, Brad Johnson

Last Update this page: 12-20-18