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___________________________________________________________________________________________________ Birds – 157 – Great Egrets

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                GREAT EGRET Ardea alba

 

 

                                                                                                                GREAT EGRET Ardea alba

 

 

                                                                                                                GREAT EGRET Ardea alba

 

 

                                                                                                                GREAT EGRET Ardea alba

 

 

                                                                                                                GREAT EGRET Ardea alba

 

 

                                                                                                                GREAT EGRET Ardea alba

 

 

                                                                                                                GREAT EGRET Ardea alba

 

 

                                                                                                                GREAT EGRET Ardea alba

 

 

                                                                                                                GREAT EGRET Ardea alba

 

·         The Great Egret or Great White Egret Ardea alba has been appearing in the UK with greater frequency during recent years in response to the warming climate and this strikingly beautiful bird has now begun to breed successfully, meaning that it is likely to spread to further locations and therefore follow in the footsteps of the Little Egret Egretta garzetta (now well-established) and more recently the Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis (showing signs of following suit). Both of these are much smaller birds, something that becomes apparent when they are seen in juxtaposition to the Great Egret. These photographs were taken during a visit to Lodmoor in Dorset. There were five Great Egrets present and it was suggested that the may have originated from a known breeding colony at Ham Wall in Somerset, an exceptional breeding site for herons. Four of these birds were seen on a nice sunny day and they were much closer and far more active than they had been during any of the photographer’s other sightings. Their movements can be positively balletic and graceful and it is only a matter of time before these splendid herons will become far more familiar as they extend their range and become firmly established as a breeding species.

 

 

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