Winged Jewels — Great White Egrets

The elegant Great White Egret is a dazzling sight in many North American wetlands, and literally hundreds of them are resplendent in the springtime at High Island, Texas – just a little more than an hour away from Houston. Just a bit smaller and more graceful than the Great Blue Heron, these fascinating creatures have daunting wingspans, with entirely white plumage. During breeding season, males and females alike grow delicate gossamer aigrettes that flow over the back and wisp over the tail. (Photos by Barbara Frazier)

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