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________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Birds 216 – Little Egrets

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                       LITTLE EGRET Egretta garzetta

 

      

 

                                              LITTLE EGRET Egretta garzetta                                                                                                  LITTLE EGRET Egretta garzetta

 

 

                                                                                                                     LITTLE EGRET Egretta garzetta

 

 

                                                                                                                     LITTLE EGRET Egretta garzetta

 

 

                                                                                                                     LITTLE EGRET Egretta garzetta

 

 

                                                                                                                     LITTLE EGRET Egretta garzetta

 

 

                                                                                                                      LITTLE EGRET Egretta garzetta

 

 

                                                                                                                     LITTLE EGRET Egretta garzetta

 

 

                                                                                                                     LITTLE EGRET Egretta garzetta

 

 

                                                                                                                     LITTLE EGRET Egretta garzetta

 

 

                                                                                                                     LITTLE EGRET Egretta garzetta

 

 

                                                                                                                     LITTLE EGRET Egretta garzetta

 

 

                                                                                                                     LITTLE EGRETS Egretta garzetta

 

 

                                                                                                                     LITTLE EGRET Egretta garzetta

 

 

                                                                                                                     LITTLE EGRET Egretta garzetta

 

 

                                                                                                                     LITTLE EGRET Egretta garzetta

 

·         Some further illustrations of Little Egrets Egretta garzetta taken in warm autumn or winter sunlight. Three of these beautiful birds have been regularly visiting a small London park between autumn and spring and although initially shy and unapproachable they have become relatively accustomed to the presence of (non-threatening) humans since the winter of 2018. All three are recognisable from the markings on their feet and legs although it has been impossible to determine their genders as there are no distinguishing features to separate males from females other than their behaviour. They have been unofficially allocated numbers to aid local birdwatchers with their identification and the oldest (No. 1) has been a regular visitor since 2014 (although the images above are of No. 2 with black spots on both feet and No. 3 with yellow ‘socks’). Recently a fourth bird has sometimes visited and conveniently this one has more yellow on its right leg than its left although close examination of the patterns on the feet of all of these birds is required in order to unequivocally identify them. Perhaps unsurprisingly this bird (shown in the final photograph) has been allocated No. 4! Some of these photographs have been deliberately under-exposed to bring out the feather details. They have been feeding on Stone Loaches Barbatula barbatula, Three-spined Sticklebacks Gasterosteus aculeatus, European Eels Anguilla anguilla, Gudgeon Gobio gobio, the occasional Common Dace Leuciscus leuciscus and Freshwater Shrimps Gammarus pulex, all of which have been identified from photographs during the process of being captured! If these chalk stream species are not automatically associated with London’s rivers it is worth pointing out that agricultural run-off is not an issue affecting water quality as is so often the case elsewhere although uncontrolled chemical pollution from other sources could be potentially catastrophic.

 

 

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