The difference between herons and egrets is blurred and some birds have been moved from one species to another over time. For purposes here, an egret will be white and a heron some other color.
[Photos on this page can be enlarged by clicking on them. Click outside the photo to close the box it displays in.]
Where I live we have a small pond used for Koi and a larger pond which is often used by ducks and turtles with a few Koi. Now and again an egret comes to visit. Here are some pictures of the egret for your consideration…
Contemplating one of the Koi to see if it would be fair game.Standing still and allowing me to take a picture of it and its reflection.Comparing itself to a statue. The problem with this picture (aside from the shade) is that the egret refused to extend its neck while standing there so I never got the comparison shot I wanted.
For about 20 minutes one day in April 2011 we had a visit from a blue heron. I just happened to be out by our little lake when it visited so here are some shots from that day…
It took off for the other side of the lake. I managed to get three shots off and the one you see above is the best of the three. Made a large print of it and it’s hanging on the wall in my office now.
On April 17th 2014 I walked out by the lake and noticed a different bird sitting on one of the rocks in the lake. Got a few pictures before it flew off (it was skittish). Turned out to be a green heron.
Advance now to June 24th 2014 and a young blue heron landed at the lake and started to fish for the minnows that grow there.