Snowy Egret at the Spillway Steps, White Rock Lake, Dallas, Texas
Snowy Egrets don't have the same reach as their larger cousins, Great Egrets, so they probe in the
water and mud with those distinctive yellow feet for aquatic animals in addition to fish. The
beautiful white feather plumes they grow during breeding season nearly resulted in their extinction
during the late nineteenth century, but protective laws passed early in the twentieth century
allowed them to recover. This young Snowy was not chasing prey, he seemed to be running just for the
sheer enjoyment of it.