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Image of the month – May

A Great Egret sleeps standing up at the top of a tree. The egret is standing over its nest. There is a slight breeze so its long plumes are visibly blowing in the breeze, and some of the feathers on its back are also blown up. Great egrets are large white birds with yellow bills.

Another spring photo for May. Here a Great Egret sleeps while standing over its nest and nestlings. A slight breeze ruffles the egret’s feathers, making its aigrettes, or plumes, easily visible. Great Egrets build stick nests in breeding colonies. A single stick from this individual’s nest is just visible poking out from the leaves in the lower left-hand corner.