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Little Egret

By Andysnapper

A welcome invader today, a Little Egret.

The little egret is a small white heron with attractive white plumes on crest, back and chest, black legs and bill and yellow feet. It first appeared in the UK in significant numbers in 1989 and first bred in Dorset in 1996. Its colonization followed naturally from a range expansion into western and northern France in previous decades. It is now at home on numerous south coast sites, both as a breeding species and as a winter visitor. It is included on the Amber List as rare breeding species.
It is most common along the south and east coasts of England, and in Wales. The estuaries of Devon and Cornwall; Poole Harbour and Chichester Harbour hold some of the largest concentrations and they are also common in East Anglia. They are an increasingly common sight in inland areas too and are gradually increasing their range northwards here.

Cheers and thanks as always for your kindness in looking and commenting, it is much appreciated.


Tags: Birds Little egret Wildlife and nature

Voters: marktc, CarolG, gazlowe and 11 more

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marktc Plus
7 101 15 United Kingdom
12 Oct 2012 6:44AM
Excellent capture, I know from experience just how hard it is to get the exposure right with that white plumage, very well done Andy!

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CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
12 Oct 2012 7:06AM
A super image, Andy, perfectly exposed and captured. Carol
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
12 Oct 2012 7:14AM
A most interesting and well written foreword support equally as finely with this rather beautiful image. Stunning detail, and natural colours in abundance Andy.

Regards Nathan
12 Oct 2012 7:46AM
Well captured. Great image.
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
12 Oct 2012 7:57AM
snap! we are both doing white birds today ..
yours is prettier ....Smile
Ayoob 7 Australia
18 Oct 2012 7:13AM
Well spotted and very well captured........Grin

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