Great Egrets are a wading bird found in marshes and wetlands. They often holds their neck in an “S” shape. From that position, they can lunge its head forward at lightning speed and strike prey with its long bill.
These birds are only in New York during the summer. Considering adding this beauty to your birding bucket list? Head to one of the NYS Birding Trail locations near water this summer and you might get lucky and see one. Find Birding Trail locations and birding tips on DEC’s New York State Birding webpage.
Illustration of great egret by Dori Stathopoulos.