Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens)

Origin: Subtropical and tropical North and South America
Sighted at: Little Hamaca Park, Key West, FL

This is one of the last photos from the Key West trip – yet another type of heron! I saw quite a lot of herons/egrets this trip! This fellow was wading with some of its kin at Little Hamaca Park, a salt marsh in Key West that sits behind the airport.

I just learned this, so I’ll share it with you: “egrets” are a type of heron, but many things that are classified as egrets are still known as herons! Herons are generally divided into “egrets” and “great herons.” Great herons are generally larger than egrets!