I took a bunch of photos of Snowy Egrets at the marsh in the spring. I was like an addict who couldn't help himself. Who would have thought the mud could make such a nice backdrop, the way it isolates the birds?
The black leg, orange-yellow foot is typical of the breed. Young have duller greenish legs.
Osprey often find sticks on the ground to carry back to the nest. This one, however, had actually broken the branch out of the tree.
The bird on the right portrays the typical egret posture; the bird on the left is in a posture more reminiscent of a heron.
By August the long aigrettes, or breeding plumage, are shed in a molt prior to the migration south but until then, they are pretty spectacular looking.