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Old Mar 23, 2008, 5:18 PM   #1
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Thanks anyway, I found a Cattle Egret on line with same color legs. In my other photos they have Black Legs.

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Old Mar 23, 2008, 6:34 PM   #2
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Hmmm. All I can come up with is the same thing you did.



A Cattle Egret.
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Old Mar 23, 2008, 6:55 PM   #3
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Hi Ed,

It's a Great Egret, a bit larger, has black feet and a yellow beak with a bit of light green in front of the eye. We don't get Snowys up north here, but often see Great Egrets.

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Here's a pretty good shot of one that I got @ 2yrs ago.
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nope not a great egret it is for sure a cattle egret.
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Thanks anyway, I found a Cattle Egret on line with same color legs. In my other photos they have Black Legs.

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Ed, could you post one of your other pictures? As others have noted, your picture is of a Cattle Egret. but I don't think Cattle Egrets ever have black legs (unless they have been wading in deep mud or oiled water), sothey may be of something else. Juvenile Cattle Egrets may not havethe same colored legs, but theyshould not beblack. Great Egrets are significantly larger and have longer legs and necks.
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this is an Aussie Cattle Egret
it appears to have grey legs
and has quite a bit of orange plumage
yours has some on orange its head i

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Cattle Egret with black legs.

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Cattle egret breeding plummage.


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Cattle Egret with black legs.

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I will admit they look black in the photo, and probably do in life under some lighting conditions-- it is a technical point,but in truth they are not (despite the Sibley guide). According to "Herons of the World" the legs in nonbreeding birds are "dark green, looking black at a distance, and changing to yellow-green in breeding." The AOU Handbook describes them as "greenish slate (black at a distance)" and describes seasonal and individual variations in color (including magenta !), which it sayshave been confused by authors, so . . . . :?

Thanks for the additional picture - "you calls them as you sees them."
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