These birds are nothing short of beautiful. They are resplendent in their all-white feathers and the bright yellow eyes and feet help set it off. This was taken at Denver City Park this past week where a number of these have nests in a rookery that also has Cormorants and Heron.
With the heat of summer settling in, my after work photo excursions have been limited as the wildlife hides from the hot temperatures. Today, instead, I spent my lunch hour at Denver City Park with these beautiful birds.
In this sequence, a juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron doesn’t want to share its spot of the pond with a similarly young Snowy Egret. Mama Egret swoops in though and sets the young ones straight. It was a lot of fun to watch.
Not far into my photo drive yesterday I was going down one of my favorite dirt roads where I typically see a lot of raptors. Much to my surprise, I instead spotted a pair of Snowy Egrets flying over. Slammed on my brakes and hopped out managing only a couple of fleeting images.
These birds are members of the heron family and are typically found in shallow water areas. Here in Colorado they are only here along the Front Range during the summer. In winter they migrate to Mexico.
A snowy egret checks out a gap in the rocks looking for a meal at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge.
This snowy egret was catching his meal and actually allowed me to get close enough for some decent pictures today.