Sherman Oaks, California Wild Life refuge
The Great Egret appeared a bit shy. I came upon this one whiile it was hunting for food. I hid in the tall grass to capture this magnificent bird.
The great egret is the symbol of the National Audubon Society and represents a conservation success story. The snowy white bird's beautiful plumage made it far too popular in 19th-century North America. Great egrets were decimated by plume hunters who supplied purveyors of the latest ladies' fashions. Their populations plunged by some 95 percent. Today the outlook is much brighter. The birds have enjoyed legal protection over the last century, and their numbers have increased substantially. For more information you can visit:http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/birds/great-egret.html