Egret (pronounced EE gret) is the name used for several white herons, which include the snowy and cattle egret and the reddish egret.

The tall, handsome egret known as the common egret looks like a crane and has a long, slender neck and black, stork like legs.

It’s long, sharply pointed bill seems to extend right from its eyes.

Egrets are found in the warmer parts of the world, and are often seen stalking the shallows or marshes in search of their prey—frogs, fishes, and insects.

During the nesting season the egret wears a showy train of lacy, snow-white feathers.

But its beautiful feather proved a curse, for they were once used to decorate ladies hats.

So many egrets were killed for their feathers that there was danger none would be left.

Today there are laws that protect them and their number, happily, is increasing. – Dick Rogers