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We saw this egret in Craven County, NC.  Which specific egret it is would be my question. It was in a quarried area that is now filling with shallow water and growing wetland plants.  Obviously it's either a great egret or snowy egret.  It appears to be perhaps immature. We saw a white, juvenile little blue heron nearby. There were 2 of the birds standing on a rock pile.  Thank you much.   

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2 minutes ago, Quiscalus quiscula said:

My first impression as well, probably caused by the coiled neck. But Cattle Egrets would usually have a yellow bill, I believe.

I didn't realize that Snowy Egret could have yellow legs when young, which really threw me off track when added to the way the egrets were standing.

Guess I've learned something new!

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24 minutes ago, Aidan B said:

I didn't realize that Snowy Egret could have yellow legs when young, which really threw me off track when added to the way the egrets were standing.

Guess I've learned something new!

For some reason I had ingrained in my mind that Great Egrets always had yellow legs 🙄. I was very confused when I was looking for young birds. 

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1 hour ago, Aidan B said:

I didn't realize that Snowy Egret could have yellow legs when young, which really threw me off track when added to the way the egrets were standing.

Guess I've learned something new!

Leg, bill, and lore color is very variable on juvenile Snowy Egrets. Some Snowy Egret juveniles can look almost exactly like juvenile Little Blue Herons (except lacking dark primary tips) and some can look a lot like Cattle Egrets. Here’s an example of a juvenile Snowy Egret with leg color more like a juvenile Little Blue. 

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1 hour ago, Jerry Friedman said:

I have trouble when they're so young they don't have yellow lores yet.  This was July 30, 2014.  As I recall, people here convinced me that it wasn't a Little Blue.  (Caution: bad pictures ahead.)

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I’m not sure about that one, the bill and lores look a lot like a Little Blue, but I don’t see dark primary tips (the wing is folded though so that would be difficult to see). It very well could be a Snowy and probably is one but I’m not certain

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