This little cutie - had a horrible crash a few days ago. It is really struggling to regain its balance- but it’s eating and drinking great. Hangin with
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Yesterday I posted about a heron, today I’m posting about… well… another heron. This time this heron is an egret, which basically means it is a heron with white plumage, in this case the Great Egret. Great Egrets are named “great” because of their height, which can be up to 1m, with a body mass only slightly smaller than their relative the Great Blue Heron. ⠀
Like other Herons and birds of prey, the Great Egret plays an important role in controlling fish populations. Harvesting fish as part of their diet ensures that fish do not over-graze vegetation due to population growth, and means waters can sustainably support fish populations. ⠀
During breeding season male Great Egrets display long feather plumes called aigrettes to attract female mates. Unfortunately, these same beautiful plumes were attractive to humans as well, and egret hunting for hat decorations drove populations down to dangerously low levels. Today these populations are recovering thanks to conservation effects (and changes in what is considered fashionable headwear), and egrets have returned to their former habitats, even in cities.⠀