Snowy Egret is a regular visitor to our backyard. He’s usually on a food-finding mission and woe betide any unsuspecting frogs or lizards who happen to catch his observant eyes. He makes short shrift of them, grabbing them mercilessly in his beak and swallowing them whole, never to be seen again. He is distinguishable from the Great Egret by his bright yellow feet, plus he’s somewhat smaller.
In the late nineteenth century, this majestic bird was hunted for its soft, pure-white breeding feathers which were used to adorn women’s hats. These much sought after plumes sold for thirty two dollars per ounce, twice the price of gold at that time. This practice almost led to their extinction. Thankfully, they and many other birds are now protected by the ‘Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918’ which makes it unlawful to hunt, capture or sell nearly 1,100 birds listed in the treaty.
Wishing you all a splendid weekend. We are expecting 30 C today, so I think I’ll stay indoors and play my piano.
The yellow feet almost look stuck on.. 😉
I like your feathered friend and can imagine it is a lesson in life watching him look for lunch. 🙂
Thanks, Judy. Yes, these birds are very focused and have lots of patience.
Oh, I do love those bright yellow feet! The feathers are beautiful, thank heavens they survived to grace your yard.
Thanks, Gunta. I so agree with you. 🙂
Beautiful capture with his leg up, Sylvia. Such a sad history – thankful they are protected.
Such an elegant bird…till you get to the feet 🙂 🙂 The piano’s a great fallback, Ad.
I laughed at your yellow feet comment. We had a head mistress at grammar school who always wore yellow ribbed stockings. She was the antithesis of elegant.🤣
What a good one!
Beautiful photo of the Snowy Egret! Have a wonderful weekend Sylvia!
Thanks so much, Aletta.
Very good shot, Sylvia.
I’m glad that short-sighted people didn’t wipe out these sharp-dressed birds.
It’s pretty cool here today . . . but nothing like the rest of the country so I won’t complain. 😀
Thanks, Nancy. Yes, we were out for a walk this morning and there is a very cool breeze. Quite bracing but very pleasant.
Elegant movement nicely framed
Thanks, Derrick. I wish I’d got his other foot in the frame. 🙂
🙂 Somehow as it is it enhances the stepping motion
I think you’re right.
Her rich white feathers are so lovely
but they are better left on the bird.
I am glad that habits (and laws) change.
Beautiful photo Sylvia
Absolutely, Eddie. Thanks so much.
That is one deadly beak, but otherwise very elegant-looking. Beautiful picture. 🙂
Thanks, Lynette. That beak is like a dagger. 😯
such a beautiful bird, Sylvia! and the yellow toes 🙂 🙂
Thanks, dear Lola. Yes, those yellow toes are so debonair. 🙂
Such a beautiful bird, and sad that this was used against them for so long! Have a lovely weekend, Sylvia.
Thanks, Dries. You too. 🙂
He is very smart. Thank goodness we know better these days and go out of our way to protect animals.
Thanks, Carol. Yes, it’s great to know that there are people who have animals’ welfare at heart.
Love its yellow toe socks.
Me too. They’re so smart.
What a beautiful bird, how does he keep himself so snowy clean? When we stayed in Cape Town, there were some lovely houses up on the hill behind us (Tamboerskloof) and they apparently were built by wealthy Ostrich farmers in the old days when the feathers of the ostriches were in big demand. Luckily the ostriches survived the fashion of the time!
Yes, it’s always a wonder to me how water birds manage to keep themselves so perfectly groomed. Ostrich feathers must have been quite expensive too. I’m glad they also survived the craze for fancy hats.
I love your “Feathers on Friday” posts, Sylvia. You have the most elegant friends who visit your backyard. Snowy Egret is a brilliant strutter. As I read further, Maya Angelou’s words came to me: “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” I am glad that people were committed to the preservation of these magnificent winged creatures.
Thanks so much, Rebecca. I’m glad we’re living in more enlightened times with regard to preservation of our wonderful wildlife. 🤗
A snowy egret is for me unknown .But he is so white and beautiful
Thanks, Marylou. Yes, he really is beautiful.
Wonderful to know they stopped people from harming or frieghtening this thing of beauty.
Have a beautiful weekend.
Thanks, Drew. 😘
Thanks, Sue. Glad you liked him. 🙂
The Preserve has a LOT of these beauties, which not only strut but seem to skip across the water on tiptoe, much like a ballerina might if she had yellow feet like theirs. 🙂
Thanks, Janet. Love your description. Now every time I see one, I’ll expect it to do a pirouette. 😅
How lovely and warm, enjoy the piano playing! Lovely to have such a visitor in your backyard. You got your own wildlife TV show right there.
Thanks so much, Ute. 😘
Such a beautiful bird. Terrible to think the species almost came to extinction for hats! Do the yellow feet serve a particular purpose?
On another note I wanted to let you know that on your gravatar the link to your blog is not working.
Thanks, Sue. Yes, I’m sure the yellow feet have a purpose. I read that the bright colour may attract fish or other hapless victims to come closer. 😅 I have absolutely no idea about my avatar, but thanks for letting me know. 😘
We enjoy the snowy egrets too. They are gorgeous!
Thanks, Jill. So glad you also get them where you are. 😘
How elegant! Beautiful capture, Sylvia.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Thanks so much, Marina. 😘
Your snowy egret is a handsome fellow, Sylvia!
Thanks, Lavinia. Yes, I agree with you.
Majestic bird indeed! Elegant yellow slippers. Stay warm indoors, Sylvia, tinkling those ivories or plastic or whatever they’re made of these days. 🙂
Thanks, Mary Jo. I believe that Yamaha piano keys are made from the same wood as the soundboard, which is Japanese Spruce and are covered in white acrylic. Thank goodness they don’t use ivory.
That’s great to know!
I did not know about this gracious bird was at one point was hunted to nearly extinction. I noticed this feature looks so smooth and no wonder that was the reason. I am glad that they are projected now.
Thanks, YC. Yes, horrible to think of them being hunted and killed for their feathers. 😡
What an awesome backyard visitor, Sylvia! I love their elegance….and their strut! 😍
Thanks, Donna. Yes, they really do know how to strut. 😅