All Dolled Up

The Great Egret is quite common on Galveston Island. This one, photographed in June, 2014, is in its breeding plumage.

Great Egret (Ardea alba)

In breeding season the lores turn bright green and they sprout long frilly plumes on their backs. This bird was hunted nearly to extinction in the late 1800s for these feathers which were all the rage in ladies’ hat fashion. Fortunately someone noticed and put a stop to that. The Audubon Society was founded as part of this effort to protect birds and wildlife.