Ardea alba, the Great egret;
Collier county, Florida (12 March 2023).
Spring Break 2023
One of our cooler local bird species in peninsular Florida (and one of our most abundant) is the Great egret, Ardea alba. This is perhaps how I prefer to see them: mucking about a cypress swamp. Of course, I also see them in Publix parking lots, on campus, and near retention ponds… but this is a more idealized representation!