Friday, April 5, 2013

Flirty Feathers

I just love to watch the snowy egrets showing off their breeding plumage!

And check out the golden slippers! The immature ibis seems to be admiring them.  (One day soon it will have its own ruby slippers---with stockings to match.)

These gorgeous plumes brought egrets near extinction in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries as hat makers' demands for them in Europe and America killed off too many of them during breeding season.

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