Reddish Egret 2
At the turn of the 20th century, Reddish Egrets were hunted by plume hunters which nearly caused extinction from the United States. In Florida, none were seen between 1927 and 1937. Overall, their numbers have been gradually rising since enactment of the 1918 Migratory Bird Treaty Act, which protected the species from hunting.Although the Reddish Egret population in the United States has been slowly increasing, the birds have not completely recovered from the decimation of a century ago. Because they depend exclusively on coastal habitats, which are at risk from development and environmental degradation, they remain vulnerable.
Captured at the south end of Lovers Key State park, Ft. Myers beach ,Florida.
Canon EOS 40D, f/16 @ 170 mm, 1/160, ISO 100, No Flash
© Kathy Gillentine Photography