Photo: The elegant grace of a great egret

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Our powerful photo of the day comes from Port St. Joe, Florida.

Most commonly seen perched stick-still in the water, wading (and waiting) for food, the great egret is the epitome of serene elegance. When we do see them fly, it's usually with a composed form worthy of an Olympic springboard diver. Which is why this photo by Flickr user richardleibert is so wonderful. At up to 41 inches in height and with a wingspan reaching 67 inches in width, these birds are big! And it is when taking off for flight, like shown here, that you can see all the strength and brawn behind the beauty.

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