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A Great Egret (Ardea alba) stands along the waters edge of Lake Woodlands near Hughes Landing.
A Great Egret (Ardea alba) displays its breeding plumage while standing along the waters edge of Lake Woodlands in The Woodlands, Texas.
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) with bright blue breeding plumage. The demand for the feathers of snowy egrets, white ibises, and great blue herons in the late 19th and early 20th centuries made these birds a target. By 1886, more than 5 million birds were being massacred yearly to satisfy the North American millinery trade.