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Snowy Egret

Unread post by Kaapsedraai » Wed Jun 17, 2015 10:43 pm

Snowy Egret visiting Cape Town - June 2015
Cape Town got a snowy visitor during this winter and it is not snow (not yet), but Snowy Egret (Egretta thula). It seemed to have lost its way while migrating from South America to the north.

According to Wikipedia: "It is the American counterpart of our Little Egret. They have a slim black bill and long black legs with yellow feet. The area of the upper bill, in front of the eyes, is yellow but turns red during the breeding season, when the adults also gain recurved plumes on the back, making for a "shaggy" effect. The juvenile looks similar to the adult, but the base of the bill is paler, and a green or yellow line runs down the back of the legs."

I had the opportunity today to enjoy the company of this visitor.
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Current: Table Mountain's mood today, Dec'15 Kruger
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Re: Snowy Egret

Unread post by umtali1 » Wed Jun 17, 2015 11:35 pm

What a catch, Kaapsedraai :clap: :clap: :clap: .Beautiful photos.

Thank you for posting them for us all to see. :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:
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Re: Snowy Egret

Unread post by hilda » Thu Jun 18, 2015 6:45 am

How lucky were you Kaapsedraai! Beautiful photos of this awesome visitor! :clap: :clap:
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Unread post by barryels » Thu Jun 18, 2015 11:11 am

Must have been stunning to be part of something as unique as this sighting Kaapsedraai.

It is amazing to read on FB that it is only th second time ever that this bird visited our shores :clap: :clap: .

Thanks for sharing :thumbs_up: .
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Re: Snowy Egret

Unread post by Crested Val » Thu Jun 18, 2015 11:28 am

Nice find Kaapsedraai!! :dance:

Amazing photos!!! :clap: :clap: :clap:

Thank you so much for sharing. :gflower:

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Re: Snowy Egret

Unread post by Karin Mitton » Thu Jun 18, 2015 3:53 pm

There has been countless photos of this guy on Facebook - it must be without a doubt the most photographed individual bird in SA at the moment.

You are very fortunate to have seen it - I am rather jealous!

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Unread post by Kaapsedraai » Thu Jun 18, 2015 10:50 pm

umtali1, hilda, barryels, Crested Val and Karin Mitton - thank you for your comments :thumbs_up:

The excitement here in Cape Town is really high with lots of people with big cameras congregating on the bank of the river. I was there again this morning, because the weather was amazing unlike yesterday being a bit misty that affected the light conditions.

Here are some more :cam: taken today.... :D

But first, some other egrets also around and it will be good to show them all together so one could see the differences.
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As we followed the Snowy egret, it seemed it took a liking to the Little egret as they flew together at times.
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Just love the pure white feathers.
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Current: Table Mountain's mood today, Dec'15 Kruger
Finalised: Dec'15 Mokala ; Golden Gate; Karoo; Sep'15 Bontebok; Jul'15 Agulhas; Aug'15 West Coast; Dec'14 Kruger
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Re: Snowy Egret

Unread post by umtali1 » Thu Jun 18, 2015 11:49 pm

Thank you for showing other egrets for us to compare. What excitement at having such a visitor :clap:
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Re: Snowy Egret

Unread post by barryels » Fri Jun 19, 2015 6:36 am

Stunning pictures :clap: :clap: .
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Off to Kruger:
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20-22/10/2016 Punda
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Re: Snowy Egret

Unread post by hilda » Fri Jun 19, 2015 6:38 am

Stunning pictures Kaapsedraai! Thanks for sharing! :dance: :dance:
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Re: Snowy Egret

Unread post by Karin Mitton » Fri Jun 19, 2015 7:32 am

Excellent pictures. Thanks for sharing the pics of the various egrets for comparison.

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Re: Snowy Egret

Unread post by Kaapsedraai » Fri Jun 19, 2015 1:10 pm

umtali, barryels, hilda and Karin Mitton - thank you for the kind comments.

Glad you enjoyed this one as much as I have. The scene along the river is filled with excitement as lots of photographers and interested birders visiting. Hope to visit again over the weekend as long as the weather plays along.

The added benefit is that I discovered two bird hides which is great. Lots of Pieds and Malachites active as wellas lots of other water birds. Just a pity a lot of rubble around as the river runs though some settlements bring all the garbage with it. Nevertheless, still excited to learn more about this part of town with added birding opportunities. :dance:
Current: Table Mountain's mood today, Dec'15 Kruger
Finalised: Dec'15 Mokala ; Golden Gate; Karoo; Sep'15 Bontebok; Jul'15 Agulhas; Aug'15 West Coast; Dec'14 Kruger
Future: 25 Jun - 17 Jul'16 MZNP; ADDO; Storms river & Wildernis NP

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Re: Snowy Egret

Unread post by Pumbaa » Fri Jun 19, 2015 4:14 pm

What an amazing sighting, Kaaspedraai,

and incredible pictures you got :mrgreen:

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Re: Snowy Egret

Unread post by DinkyBird » Fri Jun 19, 2015 6:29 pm

Now I am also caught up in the excitement!

Where exactly is this bird at the moment?

CT weather looking good for the weekend!
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Re: Snowy Egret

Unread post by Jan van Wyk » Fri Jun 19, 2015 6:59 pm

Wow Kaapsedraai!! What a discovery and you also got the proof with superb images!! :clap: :clap: :clap:

Thank you for sharing this rare sighting!!

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