Long legged waders


The American Bittern was photographed on Pennsylvania Ave. between Oakwood and Ryan Roads in Oakcreek, Wisconsin.

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The American Bittern is a stocky brown heron with a black stripe on the neck, a head usually pointed up, and green legs. It has a range of Canada to the Gulf States, and winters in Panama. It has a habitat of marshes, reedy lakes or water, and seldom sits in trees. Its head is usually pointed upward with the black neck streak seen. It has a diet of mostly fish and other aquatic life. They move slowly through marsh grass, and are difficult to see with so little movement.

 

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The Least Bittern was photographed at the Cameron Prairie Wildlife Refuge in Bell City, Louisiana.

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The Least Bittern is a small thin bright buff brown Heron with a dark brown top and yellow legs. It has a range from southeastern Canada and eastern half of United States to northeastern Argentina. Its diet is mostly fish and insects. They move slowly through dense marsh grass, and are not easy to flush or to be seen. It climbs about in cattails, reeds, and other aquatic plants, clinging to the stems with its long toes.

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The adult Little Blue Heron was photographed at Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge in Louisiana.

The adult Little Blue Heron was photographed at Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge in Louisiana.

The immature Little BLue Heron was also photographed at the Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge.

The immature Little Blue Heron was also photographed at the Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge.

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The adult Little Blue Heron is a slender, medium sized Heron of bluish color with possibly brownish neck, dull olive green legs, and a thick tapered pale bluish bill with a black tip. The immature Little Blue Heron is all white with olive green legs, and a pale blue bill with a black tip. It has a range of the eastern United States to Peru and Argentina. It has a habitat of marshes, swamps, rice fields, ponds, and shores. Its diet is mainly small fish and crustaceans. It is slow and methodical in foraging in shallow water, on shore, or grassy fields.

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The White-Faced Ibis was photographed at the Horicon Marsh in Wisconsin.

The White-Faced Ibis was photographed at the Horicon Marsh in Wisconsin.

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The White-Faced Ibis is a long legged deep purplish color with a long decurved bill, and a white border at the base of the bill. It has a range of the western United States to Argentina. It has a habitat of marshes, irrigated land, and swamps. It has a diet of small crustaceans, small fish, earthworms, and insects.

The Cattle Egret was photographed at the Rockefeller State Wildlife and Game Reserve in Louisanna

The Cattle Egret was photographed at the Rockefeller State Wildlife and Game Reserve in Louisiana

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The Cattle Egret is a white stocky egret with a yellow beak and yellow, dark, or coral pink legs. It is expanding in the United States since invading the south United States in 1952. Its habitat is farms, marshes, highway edges in Florida, and it associates with cattle. It is often seen feeding with cattle as they flush out insects. The diet is mostly insects and usually forages in flocks in dry fields.

The Scarlet Ibis is accidental to the Gulf States and has a range in north South America

The Scarlet Ibis is accidental to the Gulf States and has a range in north South America

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The Scarlet Ibis is bright scarlet all over with black wing tips and a decurved bill. It has a range of north South America and is accidental in the Gulf States. It has a habitat in salt, brackish, and fresh marshes, rice fields, and mangroves. Their food is small crustaceans, small fish, and insects.

This Yeloow-Crowned Night Heron was photographed at the Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge in Bell City, Lousiiana.

This Yellow-Crowned Night Heron was photographed at the Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge in Bell City, Louisiana.

This Yellow-Crowned Night Heron was photographed in San Antonio, Texas on the River walk.

This Yellow-Crowned Night Heron was photographed in San Antonio, Texas on the River walk.

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The Yellow-Crowned Heron is a gray heron with a black head with a white cheek patch and crown. It has speckled wings and back, long yellow legs, and a stout bill. It has a range of the east and gulf coast and southern United States. It has a habitat of cypress swamps, mangroves, bayous, marshes, and stream. It feeds on crustaceans, mainly crabs and crayfish. It is a more solitary and secretive bird.

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