Birds Around DPS Tapi : Great Egret

The Great Egret looks very attractive in this photo because of the odd combination of colours.  Observe the green lores (vivid turquoise-green) above the intense black bill. Also note the legs are pale red. This happens for a short period when in full breeding condition. Normally the bill is deep black, with contrasting blue-grey or lime-green lore, and the legs are also black (including the feet) but with yellow on the tibia, down to  and including the ‘knees’. By late summer, orange or bright primrose-yellow starts to appear on the bill base, gradually increasing in size so that by autumn the bill is completely orangey-yellow, remaining this colour throughout the winter. It is very interesting observing these relatively common birds in Surat.

Great Egret hunched with its neck down.
Great Egret hunched with its neck down.
Great Egret  Upright with its neck fully stretched.
Great Egret Upright with its neck fully stretched.

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