Even though they were hunted almost to extinction in the late 1800s, Great Egrets now occur in abundance, at least in Southern Louisiana. They can be seen building nests in swamps during the spring, and they are found in roadside ditches, canals, or natural bodies of water year round.
For example, on the last day of April this year, I was photographing birds at the Lake Martin rookery. I spotted this Great Egret working very hard on a nest.
Canon EOS 7D (600mm, f/7.1, 1/2500 sec, ISO1000)
Seven days later I was driving in another parish (county) on a road running alongside several crawfish ponds. There were many Great Egrets wading in the ponds as they dined on crawfish and frogs. The one in the photograph below was lounging on a levee between two ponds, apparently keeping company with a Black-necked Stilt.
Canon EOS 7D (600mm, f/7.1, 1/800 sec, ISO250)
As mentioned above, these beautiful birds are plentiful near my home, they are easy to spot, and they often pose willingly for the camera. Given these facts, it is not surprising that so many images of the Great Egret appear in my blog.
Click the red marker(s) in the map below to see which of the above photos were taken at that location.