This phenomenon may cause an eventual overlapping in habitat use implying an inter-specific competition especially between Little Egret, Grey Heron, Great White Heron and Squacco Heron.
However, all other species (Grey Herons, Great White Herons, Little Egrets and Squacco Herons) seemed to be much dependent on marshes and rivers.
Great White Herons were observed from the beginning of October to late March-April with numbers peaking in February.
Grey Herons, Great White Herons and Little Egrets (most abundant species) occurred in the lake but no one showed a preference.
Audubon's Great White Heron (plate 281) goes further than his other drawings in showing these birds' predatory nature: the plate, in fact, does not match the initial description of the Great White Heron as a "newly finished statue of the purest alabaster" that we find in Ornithological Biography (Audubon 1831-1949:vol.
In Great White Heron (plate 281), for example, the bird's neck appears still contorted by the effort while the bird triumphantly holds in its beak a fish it has just captured: the composition is dominated by the arch formed by a diagonal line which goes from the claw of the bird's longest toe in the lower middle area of the painting to the tip of the beak, the highest point in the painting.
After inviting readers to question the "high indifference" toward the prey that Audubon seems to encourage in Great White Heron, Walcott's poem posits instead the violent and gratuitous end of the mouse as the consequence of "a love" which fosters nothing positive and that he equates solely with "pure punishment" (9).
On the edge of the sanctuary a mangrove-covered island, known as Bird Island, is a haven for thousands of frigate birds, pelicans, great white herons
, cormorants, and flamingoes.
Legions of great white herons
, reddish herons and alligators eerily skimmed the flat-calm waters.
the pink hues of roseate spoonbills; the arching beaks of ibis; the grand flights of ospreys, great blue herons, great white herons
and snowy egrets standing out against the background of the rich green mangrove islets.
Spoonbills, which Lorenz calls the "pink canary in the coalmine," rely on the same food and resources as bald eagles, great white herons
, crocodiles, West Indian manatees, and game fish, among others.