4562 x 3041 px | 38,6 x 25,7 cm | 15,2 x 10,1 inches | 300dpi
24. März 2015
Wakodahatchee Wetland Florida
This image in intended to show a close up view of the eyelid of the White Egret. Unlike human eyes which have eye closing by the upper lid coming down to meet the lower for sleep. White Egrets and the Great Herons have eye closure with the lower lid rising up to meet the upper lid of the eye. While the skin of the eyelids seems quite textured and tough, they are actually fairly opaque as it is not uncommon to see the black pupil of the eye beneath the closed lid. In this picture the eye is clearly visible through the skin of the lid as it closes. This bird is in its breeding colors with the distinctive green lore (skin around the eyes) and enlivened coloration of the bill. Aigrettes are present just not seen in this face shot.