Another of the many Great Egrets populating Disney World. This one was found in the flower beds at the Swan Resort.
A large white heron, the Great Egret (Ardea alba) is found across much
of the world, from southern Canada southward to Argentina, and in
Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia. It's the largest egret in the Old
World, and thus has garnered the name Great White Egret. In the New
World, however, the white form of the Great Blue Heron is larger. In
the United States, the Great Egret used to be called the American
Egret but that was hardly appropriate, since its range extends beyond
the Americas and indeed farther than other herons.
Large, all white heron.
Long, black legs and feet.
Yellow bill is long, stout, and straight.
Flies with neck pulled back in S-curve.
The Great White Heron, the white form of the Great Blue Heron, has a heavier bill, and pale, not black, legs.