Not an Alaska Bird III

The Great Egret is not your typical Sonoran Desert bird.

Great Egret

Great Egret

But there is a decent-sized rookery of Great Egrets (as well as Snowy Egrets) at the Gilbert Water Ranch. The species has made a remarkable comeback from near destruction in the plume trade at the turn of the last century.

Some bird photographers mock photos of the big egrets and herons because they are relatively easy. Big, slow and stately, and usually somewhat habituated to people, they are more approachable and hold still better than, say, your average kinglet. But they are still fun.

Gilbert Water Ranch, Gilbert, Arizona, January 11, 2013.