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Ardeidae is one of my favorite families of birds.  They are elegant in form and motion, come in beautifully simple color schemes, and display admirable patience, focus and chilling speed as waterside hunters.  Depending on the species, they can be ubiquitous or shy--delighting birders with their familiar presence and highly visible behavior, or with the excitement of spotting a rare and secretive species.  The smaller bitterns are members of the monophyletic genera Botaurus and Ixobrychus, while "heron" is the appropriate catch-all term for the other genera in the family.  An "egret" is simply a heron that grows lacy display plumes for the breeding season.  During the 19th century, demand for egret plumes to be used in (honestly ridiculous) hats like this one… nearly led to the extinction of several species; during the height of their fashion, egret feathers were worth more than their weight in gold!

Majestic by CristinaPenescugarzetta by FrancoBorsiWildLifeEverglades by KaiserFlames
Great Egret by juddpattersonDancing Reddish Egret by juddpattersonBotaurus stellaris by Mantide
Ministry of Silly Walks by thrumyeyeAirone cenerino by FrancoBorsiWildLifePretty Me by BogdanBoevLittle Egret 3 by naturelens
Fall Great Blue Heron by w4graphicsBittern by rosie-a-gairone cenerino by FrancoBorsiWildLife
Green Heron by JacquelineRaeShore Bird 2 by Pale-RecluseBayou by Operaghost1
Tricolored Heron 40D0027813 by Cristian-MHeron by AdrianSadlierLeast Bittern_5589 by JJHOW
Garcilla Bueyera by javierherrera86Grey Heron Landing by nitschGreat Blue Heron by dfm63:thumb127121312:
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meihua Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
Great feature! I love these birds, they are so elegant :)
JacquelineRae Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012
Very nice. I love herons as well! :)
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Another great feature! Keep em coming!!
Pale-Recluse Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Sweet collection. :)
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