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Birds in Casa #10: The elegant Great Egret

Great Egret

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Great EgretThe Great Egret or Great White Heron is an elegant white bird with an impressive wingspan, seen all across the Casa de Campo resort, but especially on the water holes of the golf courses. 

We’ve spotted them there the lakes on holes #14 and #18 of the Teeth of the Dog, hole #18 of the La Romana Country Club, and all around the lagoon holes of the Links golf course.

The Great Egret is easy to recognise as they are tall and white with long thin necks, and although they can fly they can often seen actually walking around. One day when golfing on the La Romana Country Club we watched as one strolled straight across hole #18, from the lake to the driving range.

Great EgretGreat Egrets are not to be confused with Cattle Egrets. Cattle Egrets are also white birds that like water, but the main difference is the size (the Cattle Egret is much smaller), and the distinctive long neck of the Great Egret, also Cattle Egrets are most often seen in flocks, while Great Egrets tend to be solitary.

Great Egrets, which can be seen in Casa de Campo all year round, have a remarkable way of hunting food. The Great Egret feeds in shallow water or drier habitats, feeding mainly on fishfrogs, small mammals, and occasionally smallreptiles and insects, spearing them with its long, sharp bill most of the time

By standing still and allowing the prey to come within striking distance, it spears its prey with its sharp bill. It will often wait motionless for prey, or slowly stalk its victim. They feed on on fishfrogs, small mammals, and occasionally small reptiles and insects.

Like all egrets, the Great Egret is a member of the heron familyArdeidae.

The Great Egret Profile

  • They range between 94-104 cm in length and 870g in weight.
  • They are big, thin and white with a yellow beak and black legs.
  • Can be confused with Great Blue Heron or with the Cattle Egrets.
  • It’s a resident breeding bird of the island of Hispaniola.
  • They build nests in mangroves.
  • They lay 2-3 green bluish eggs.

Birds of Hispaniola

The island of Hispaniola, shared between the Dominican Republic and Haiti, has more than 300 different bird species, of which 32 are endemic, meaning that in the entire world, this is the only place they can be found. Incredibly, 8 of these endemic species can be spotted right here in Casa de Campo, as well as many more!

This is the ninth article of our series “Birds of Casa de Campo”, in future articles you can look forward to reading about: the Broad-Billed Tody, the Barrancoli, and many more!

Click here to read part 1: The Hispaniolan Parakeets of the Teeth of the Dog
Click here to read part 2: The Brown Pelican
Click here to read part 3: The Hispaniolan Woodpeckers
Click here to read part 4: The little yellow Village Weaver
Click here to read part 5: The Yellow-Crowned Night-Heron
Click here to read part 6: The Ruddy Turnstone
Click here to read part 7: Hispaniolan Lizard Cuckoo
Click here to read part 8: The Vervain Hummingbird
Click here to read part 9: The Broad Billed Tody

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