The exquisite Snowy Egret is one of North America's most familiar herons, having staged a rapid comeback after protective legislation was enacted in the early 1900s (it was nearly hunted to extinction). Found throughout the Western Hemisphere, these wading birds are delicately built, with snowy white feathers, black legs, and bright yellow feet, which they use to actively stir up prey in the shallow waters of ponds and marshes. Keeping themselves so sparkling white must take a lot of work!!
This pretty subject had just finished preening, when it posed for a second before it was off to forage for the day at Merritt :)