Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Wildlife Photo (Bird) Pacific Reef Egret (Egretta sacra)

Here is a close up shot taken of a Black Pacific Reef Egret (Egretta sacra) wading on the west coast of Okinawa, Japan at 3:10PM January 18, 2011.

These birds may be either black or white. It has nothing to do with whether they are male or female. The reason for the black or white morph is a puzzle to those who study these critters. 
I don't worry about it.  I just shoot pictures of them and stay out of the bird scientists business.

The Pacific Reef Egret  is a type of Heron and is also known as an Eastern Reef Egret. They wade along the coastline or perch on rocks nearby. They will dive for fish or eat crustaceans and mollusks when the tide is out.

The Black Egret is actually more of a charcoal grey color but, when they get wet, they appear to be a shiny black. To see a Black Pacific Reef Egret animated GIF's VISIT MY POST HERE.

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