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Great egret # 738 flying over the Little Arkansas River. Note the antenna trailing beside the bird's legs.
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Michael Pearce / The Wichita Eagle
Great egret # 738 flying over the Little Arkansas River. Note the telemetry antenna trailing beside the bird's legs.
An egret fitted with a tracking device rests in a tree along the Arkansas River. Biologists are studying the feeding and travel dynamics of the birds again this summer in Wichita.
Several hundred great egrets call Wichita their spring and summer home.
One of five great egrets fitted with electronic tracking equipment flies along the Little Arkansas River. Note the tracking antenna by the bird's legs.
One of five great egrets fitted with electronic tracking equipment flies along the Little Arkansas River. Note the tracking antenna by the bird's legs
A great egret, a common wading bird in the Wichita area.
A great egret, one of three species of egret that calls the Wichita area home.
A great egret.
The small waterfalls along the Arkansas River are favored gathering areas for several kinds of egrets.
A great egret in flight.
An adult great egret, right, flies back to a nest to feed its young.
An adult great egret, right, preparing to feed its young at a rookery near I-235 and Zoo Boulevard.
Research notes taken by Alan Maccarone while studying egrets Wednesday morning.
A young great egret.
Two young great egrets waiting on adult to return to the nest with some food.
Alan Maccarone, of Friends University, studies a great egret along the Arkansas River.
Alan Maccarone uses telemetry equipment to locate one of five great egrets he is studying this summer.
Such frilly plumage is why many species of egrets were nearly shot into extinction about 100 years ago. The feathers were used to adorn women's hats.
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