Great egrets (Ardea alba) are majestic shorebirds. I saw my first great egret in Central Park, but since then I’ve been able to watch them at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in Queens, at the Marine Park Saltmarsh Preserve in Brooklyn, and on Staten Island (various sites there), and on Long Island at the Lido Beach Passive Nature Area. When they are in breeding plumage, the incredibly deep green around their eyes sets them apart from lesser beings.
The Self-Assured Great Egrets in Central Park
Central Park gets visited by numerous great egrets, especially in the spring. I've photographed them at the Meer, the Pond, Turtle Pond and the Lake. One year one of the egrets would perch on a rock near me as I fed the ducks, hoping the duck activity would stir up the fish.
Great Egret at the Meer
April 25, 2018, was a rainy day at the Meer, but it didn't stop this great egret from posing.
A Great Egret at Turtle Pond
I photographed a great egret on August 2, 2016, at Turtle Pond. It was evening, so the lighting is very dusky. I did a video, and took some nice shots.
This shot is from June 23, 2014.
This is the second video I've made of a great egret, down at the Pond, on April 22, 2015: Oh, Great Egret, What Big Eyes You Have!
Below left: July 1, 2015, The Pond; below right: April 22, 2015, The Pond