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This Snowy Egret was at Village Creek Drying Beds, Fort Worth, Tarrant county, Texas on May 04, 2003. It has two elongate plumes emanating from within the typical shorter filamentous plumes. These two plumes seem intermediate in structure between the shorter thin, simple filamentous plumes typical of Snowy Egret and the two lanceolate plumes typical of Little Egret. Also the chest plumes appear to be a bit longer and "stringier" than those of typical Snowy - perhaps closer in structure to those typical of Little Egret. Could this be a hybrid? :


NOTE: this bird was documented at the same location back in the Spring of 1998: