Take a better look at that long-legged white bird walking along the shore across the lake. At such a distance it may not be possible to see the finer points which clinch the identification. Size alone can be misleading, as without a yardstick for comparison, white birds often seem to be larger than they really are.
The white bird with a long neck is barely visible in this photo...
...or here (click on image to enlarge):
A closer look at the second photo reveals a Great Egret:
These two smaller birds are having a spat over rights to the best fishing spot. They seem to be about the same size, but there are some difference which set them apart. The Snowy Egret, on the right, has a black bill with yellow base and mostly black legs with yellow feet. The retreating immature Little Blue Heron has a gray bill with dark tip and greenish legs:
The Snowy Egret appears to be gloating in victory...
...while the Little Blue Heron is not far away, adopting a characteristic hunting posture, stooped with neck outstretched and bill near the surface of the water. This can help identify it from a great distance:
The size difference between these two egrets is remarkable. Note the yellow bill and black legs of the Great Egret and the yellow "golden slippers" of the Snowy Egret:
Here is another nice size comparison between a Great Egret and an adult White Ibis, whose red decurved bill is distinctive.
In flight, the ibis displays black wingtips:
This large white wader appeared on our back lawn back in June, 2016:
I first saw it at a distance and almost passed it off as another Great Egret. However, its size and posture as it rested next to the lake made me take a second look. It certainly reminded me of this Great Blue Heron:
Indeed, it was a "Great White Heron," the white color variation of the Great Blue Heron:
Here is a composite image showing the bills of three herons from about the same distance, all visitors to our back yard, The Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, and "Great White Heron":
This small white wader with a short yellow bill and black legs is a Cattle Egret:
Cattle Egrets usually forage away from water and feel right at home with this Longhorn cow:
They often perch on the backs of cattle to catch insects attracted to them:
Cattle Egrets are easily identified in full breeding plumage, when their legs turn red (deeper color in the male on right) and they develop rusty plumes:
Here are two Cattle Egrets in a flock of with nine Snowy Egrets:
Yesterday I celebrated my entry into the fourth year of the ninth decade of my life, thankful that I can walk the Wounded Wetlands and enjoy the serene beauty and grace of egrets...
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