Great White Egret (Ardea alba)
Species
Juvenile Great White Egret (Ardea alba) . Taken at Standlake Common, Oxon., on July 31st 2016.
Juvenile. Taken at Standlake Common, Oxon., on July 31st 2016.
(1/400th sec at f14. Click image for larger version)
Great White Egret (Ardea alba). Taken at Leighton Moss, Lancs, on August 1st 2014.
Taken at Leighton Moss, Lancs, on August 1st 2014.
(1/400th sec at f11. Click image for larger version)

© David Hastings

Description

WS: 145 - 170cm; L: 85 - 100cm
 
A very large all-white heron. It has an all-yellow bill and long, dark legs.
 
It is found mainly in southern and south-east Europe, also in India and south-east Asia, north and South America and central and southern Africa. It is a rare but annual vagrant in the British Isles.
 
It breeds in colonies at large, shallow, swampy lakes, preferably in reeds, with some low bushes and trees.
 
It is a partial migrant, with European birds wintering in Mediterranean regions or north Africa.
 
The Great Egret is of Least Concern in the IUCN list.
 

Sightings

21-Jan-2017:Standlake Common, Oxon(1)
02-Jan-2017:Standlake Common, Oxon(1)

24-Dec-2016:Standlake Common, Oxon(1)
06-Nov-2016:La Janda, Spain(1)
31-Jul-2016:Standlake Common, Oxon(1)

24-Oct-2015:Titchwell Marsh, Norfolk(1)

01-Aug-2014:Leighton Moss, Lancashire(2)
31-Jul-2014:Leighton Moss, Lancashire(1)

01-May-2013:The Camargue, France(2)
25-Apr-2013:Marais du Viguierat, France(1)