Friday, May 17, 2013

Snowy Egret - Plumes in the Breeze

A gentle breeze stirred the nuptial plumage of the Snowy Egrets; I nearly swooned.

A hundred years ago, those delicate plumes nearly led to the extinction of this small white egret as market hunters fed the demand of the millinery trade. (See post of column on October 29, 2011, "When Feathers were More Valuable Than Gold.")

The Snowy Egret has made a tremendous recovery. At Forsyth NWR, they were in all their splendid finery. A sampling ...

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