great egret

Egret Series No. 3.

Great egret (Ardea alba), in Norfolk, Virginia. Male egrets are responsible for most nest construction. They will present building materials to their mates for approval before weaving them into their coarse nests. Finished nests will be up to three feet wide (90 cm) and a foot deep (30 cm).

This bird’s wings are almost fully extended - with a span of about 55 inches (140 cm).

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