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2015—Port A—Morph

When I reviewed my pix from our outing yesterday I noticed a photograph of an egret that didn’t look like the great egret I knew. Our boat was anchored in a cut off the Lydia Ann Channel west of San José Island and while Susan and Chris fished, I aimed my lens at the birds nearby. I had never seen a great egret with a blue eye and lore and a pink and black beak. We were excited that perhaps we’d “discovered” a new species but a little Google research (I love Google) revealed it to be a white morph of a Reddish Egret. We saw no other similar morphs but I did photograph one Reddish Egret. The good thing is I actually managed to get the one of the morph in focus.

For comparison, I have included a common Reddish Egret (dancing in front of an osprey) and a common Great Egret.

2015-Port A Day 2-39

2015-Port A Day 2-336

2015-Port A Day 2-647

2 responses

  1. Did you catch the reddish egret doing his “dance” of bringing his wings up over his head as he searches for fish in the shadow?

    February 11, 2015 at 5:40 pm

  2. Melinda

    Love the morph- a new term for me. I had to google it. 😊

    February 13, 2015 at 5:33 am

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