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Egret Weathervane – Flying Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret Weather Vane Flying (Egretta thula)

Pricing*
Small:$1795.
Medium:$3595.
Large:$4895.
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Flying Great Blue Heron Weathervane

This Snowy Egret Weather Vane, Egretta thula, was our first large bird design. It is very similar to our Flying Great Blue Heron Weathervane; the main difference is the addition of the Heron’s plume. If you look closely at the photo you will notice that each wing consists of three separate panels. There are a total of six individual wing panels required for this weathervane. While this detailed swell-bodied weather vane can be made entirely out of copper, we usually recommend making the grasses out of brass as shown. This is nice because the directionals (north, south, east, west arms) below the sculpture piece are also made of brass. The price is the same either way.

One of our favorite installation stories involves a large (three-foot sculpture piece) Snowy Egret Weather Vane. Our customer had a large pond in his backyard with reeds around the edge. He sunk a stainless steel tube into the middle of his pond so that the horizontal copper tube with the brass reeds on it was just at water level. When the wind turned, it looked like his egret was flying up out of the water. He hoped this would frighten away the real egrets and keep the fish in his pond safe. We never heard back from him about how successful his idea was but we all thought it was a clever approach. Regardless of its deterrent effect, I am sure it still looked beautiful out on the water.

This design is also popular in the small size (one-foot sculpture piece). Quite a few have been used indoors on bookcases, fireplace mantles and on window sills overlooking bodies of water. While the top of a roof is a perennial favorite, a number of our medium sized Snowy Egret weather vanes have been displayed next to water features in gardens. Displaying a weathervane in a garden has the added advantage of being visible from inside the house.

An egret is a type of heron, most of which are white or buff, and several of which develop fine plumes (usually milky white) during the breeding season. The word ‘egret’ comes from the French word ‘aigrette’ meaning both ‘silver heron’ and ‘brush’ referring to the long filamentous feathers that seem to cascade down an egret’s back during the breeding season.

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