I love discovering images that I haven't posted before... The first 3 were taken on a separate occasion to the last 3, and all were taken over 3 years ago when I was learning to use my first DSLR.
The Intermediate Egret (Mesophoyx intermedia) is medium-sized heron with striking white plumage. While nesting, the intermediate egret has a red bill with a yellow tip, green eye lores (the region between the eye and bill), red irises, and red upper legs. At other times of the year, the intermediate egret has a yellow bill, often tipped with brown, while the iris is yellow and the legs and feet are black. The juvenile is similar to the non-breeding adult.
The Intermediate Egret can be distinguished from the Great Egret by the length of its eye lores, which extends beyond the eye in the Great Egret. The Intermediate Egret also lacks the distinct S-shaped kink in it's neck when standing upright.
The Intermediate Egret is most attractive during the breeding season when it develops dense breast plumes and elaborate, long plumes on the back that cascade beyond the tail.
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