Great Egret (Ardea alba)
You’ll find Great Egrets in both freshwater and saltwater habitats. They are colonial nesters, typically placing stick nests high in trees.
In the San Francisco Bay Area you’ll find them in marshes, tidal flats, and estuaries.
In the evening you’ll see them flying in flocks to their communal nesting and roosting areas.
From January through late spring they have ‘nuptial plumes’ that flare from their lower neck.
Photo: Canon 30D & Tamron 200-500mm