Eldorado Water Treatment Ponds – Snowy Egret


Ann and I went down to Eldorado to bird and photograph at their water treatment ponds.  It is one of our favorite places to go, even though it is about a 40 mile drive.  The place consists of four large ponds, each approximately 100 yards wide and about 200 yards long.  These are just guesses on the dimensions but I opine they are pretty close.  There is a little driving lane around each pond, so you can use your car as a bird blind.

The one thing I like about going there, is that you never know what you might see.  Yesterday we saw three Snowy Egrets, one Great Egret, one Great Blue Heron, one Willet, three Killdeer, several Black Terns, several Spotted Sandpipers, plus various swallows, sparrows and vultures.  Today, I will feature a couple of images that I obtained of a Snowy Egret (Egretta thula).  Quite a bit smaller than the Great Egret, it has black legs, yellow feet, and a black beak with yellow lores.  Exception is the juvenile has yellow legs with a black edge.

Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret