Ardeidae Ardea alba Great Egret St Marks National Wildlife Refuge Walkulla County Florida

Great Egret – St Marks National Wildlife Refuge


"Great Egrets Ardea alba were hunted nearly to extinction for their plumes in the late nineteenth century, sparking conservation movements and some of the first laws to protect birds. The Great Egret is the symbol of the National Audubon Society, one of the oldest environmental organizations in North America. Audubon was founded to protect birds from being killed for their feathers."1

1 Great Egret. Identification, All About Birds – Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Web. 09 Apr. 2017.

camera: Nikon D3 | lens: AF Nikkor VR 400mm f/2.8G IF-ED
focal length: 400mm | exposure: f/5 – 1/4000th second – ISO 500