Snowy Egret (Egretta thula), La Jolla, California January 2016. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, these delicate beauties were nearly hunted to extinction; their elegant snow white feathers were highly prized for fashionable hat decorations. In 1918, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act provided them protection and by the mid 20th century, snowy egret populations were beginning to recover. Today, they inhabit the majority of their original range and snowy egret populations are stable. Canon 5D III, 17-40mm lens @ 40mm, ISO 100, 1/5 second @ f/18, image size 4427 x 2952 pixels.
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