|This flock was heading south toward Little Monkey Cay as I was getting ready to kayak north into the marshes.|
|The only other abundant large white egret in this region of the world is the Snowy Egret.|
In a nutshell there are 3 large white egrets/herons in Belize. They can be identified on the basis of leg and foot color. Great White Herons have yellow legs and yellow feet, just like their blue morphs do. Snowy Egrets have black legs with golden slippers and Great Egrets have black legs and black feet. There are other, smaller, white egrets around like Cattle Egrets and juvenile Little Blue Herons, but the size difference helps discriminates between them.
This day, I kayaked by myself into the marshes and explored a shrimp farm drainage canal.
|For most if its length, the canal was fairly wide with steep sides.|
|In places it became narrow with overhanging vegetation. I'll show some ferns and other plants in another post. I paddled all the way to a small dam at the end of the canal before I turned around and came back.|
|Back in the marsh, I found my old friend the Yellow-Crowned Night Heron.|
|It kept its eyes on me as I glided past.|
|I got very close to it.|
|I wanted to get as close as I could with out making it fly off. I think since I was by myself and hadn't been making much noise that it was not as uneasy as it was the other day when we had 2 kayaks and some quiet conversation going on.|