The Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens) is probably the least known heron in the US. However, it is without a doubt the most fun to observe! The Reddish Egret is a small to medium-size heron. I have seen them only in Florida, but know they exist in other states where there are shallow salt water areas. The typical reddish egret is a grayish bird with reddish areas. There is, however, a less frequently seen white morph. The white morph looks very much like an juvenile little blue heron (don’t blame me, I didn’t do the design!) The reddish egret can be distinguished by beak and leg color, but often that is not needed. The most obvious distinguishing mark is the behavior. Reddish Egrets are the most active, entertaining feeders. They run, dance, spin, jump, dip and swirl around with their wings spread wide. Part of this is to stir up fish, part is to create shade to attract fish. All these photos were taken in different parts of the Merritt island National Wildlife Refuge just north of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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