This is a Great Egret and in my limited knowledge of the species I believe this is a youngster. The photos of mature Great Egrets I have seen show them with much longer hair like feathers. This bird was perched on a stick picking fish out of the water near a causeway. Water was rushing in as the tide was rising from the small lagoon on the other side of the road to this pool of water.
I am pretty proud of this photo, I was very close to the bird when I took the photograph. The shot is hand held with my 28-200 zoom. I think my focal length was close to 200mm in this shot. Photographing birds is challenging, and rewarding at the same time. You need a quick shutter and a good zoom.
(UPDATE)— A friend over on Facebook has let me know that the longer, hair like plumage I had seen in other Great Egret photos is only seen when the species is breeding. There you go, thanks MC!
- Mystery Bird: Reddish egret, Egretta rufescens | GrrlScientist (guardian.co.uk)
- Davis: Golden ‘slippers’ ID snowy egret (knoxnews.com)
- Egrets in Cohoes (timesunion.com)