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Long-legged Wading Birds

The following photographs were made in Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge on May 10, 2012.

The snowy egret is a small member of the heron family. It stands 20-27" tall and has a wing span of 38". The snowy egret is a small member of the heron family. It stands 20-27″ tall and has a wingspan of 38″.

They wade in shallow marshes and ponds seeking food.They wade in shallow marshes and ponds seeking food.

Snowy egrets can be identified by their slender black bills, black legs with yellow feet and small size relative to other white egrets.Snowy egrets can be identified by their slender black bills, black legs with yellow feet and small size relative to other white egrets.

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In the 19th and early 20th centuries the snowy egret was almost hunted to extinction for their fine plumes used to decorate hats.

In the 19th and early 20th centuries the snowy egrets were almost hunted to extinction for their fine plumes used to decorate hats.

This photo includes the white-faced ibis to the left of the snowy egret and in the background along with the little blue heron on the right.

This photo includes the white-faced ibis to the left of the snowy egret and in the background along with the little blue heron on the right.

The great egret is one of the larger members of the heron family and stands 35-41" tall and has a wing span of about 55".

The great egret is one of the larger members of the heron family and stands 35-41″ tall and has a wingspan of about 55″.

Like the snowy egret the great egret was also hunted for its plumes, but has now recovered.

Like the snowy egret, the great egret was also hunted for its plumes, but has now recovered.

This group includes great egrets, snowy egrets and white faced ibises.

This group includes great egrets, snowy egrets and white-faced ibises.

This photo clearly shows the size difference in the great and snowy egrets.

This photo clearly shows the size difference in the great and snowy egrets.

The great egret wades in shallow water on long legs and uses it's long neck to quickly strike and capture its prey.

The great egret wades in shallow water on long legs and uses it’s long neck to quickly strike and capture its prey.

The great egret's diet consists mainly of fish, frogs, snakes and crayfish as shown here.

The great egret’s diet consists mainly of fish, frogs, snakes and crayfish, as shown here.

The white-faced ibis is 18-22" in length and has a wingspan of 37"

The white-faced ibis is 18-22″ in length and has a wingspan of 37″

The ibis uses it's long down-turned bill to probe for insects or crayfish as it is doing here.

The ibis uses it’s long down-turned bill to probe for insects or crayfish as it is doing here.