Of course, the easiest places to spot Snowy Egrets are at man-made ponds and recharge basins. But they also will show up as slow running washes, natural ponds and lakes, and other natural waterways.
|Snowy Egret at Sunrise|
In general, it covers much of the same range as the larger Great Egret and the similar sized Cattle Egret, with the Great Egret's range being slightly larger, and the Cattle Egret's range slightly smaller.
Often, the Snowy Egret can be distinguished from Great Egrets by size alone - but if you do not have something of a known size to compare to, this can be difficult. The best distinguishing feature is usually coloration - contrasting yellow and black on the lores and bill, and yellow feet. In contrast, the Great Egret has gray/black feet and legs and much less black on the bill.
As for distinguishing from the Cattle Egret - once you've seen a Cattle Egret once this should be easy. The short bill of the Cattle looks almost comical and disproportionate as compared to that of the Snowy Egret.
|The Snowy Egret's Feet Really Stand Out|
|Great Egret (for comparison)|