Great Egret Preening Her Plumage - Click To Enlarge

Great Egret Preening Her Plumage

They preen all day. But it is still incredibly beautiful in the right light.

Great Egret Preening Her Plumage - Click To Enlarge
Great Egret Preening Her Plumage – Click To Enlarge

At the end of each day the adults sit by the nest like this.

Great Egret Preening Her Plumage - Click To Enlarge
Great Egret Preening Her Plumage – Click To Enlarge

Each feather is cleaned. Click the image above to see how she tends to the entire length of her breeding plumage.

Great Egret Preening Her Plumage - Click To Enlarge
Great Egret Preening Her Plumage – Click To Enlarge
Great Egret Preening Her Plumage - Click To Enlarge
Great Egret Preening Her Plumage – Click To Enlarge

Once they have cleaned each one, they start all over again. These are the same feathers that almost brought them to extinction when collected in the 1800’s.

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