Great White Egret (Ardea alba)
Species
Great White Egret (Ardea alba) . Juvenile. 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. © David Hastings)
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 - 170 cm; L: 85 - 100 cm

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 an increasingly common 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 White Egret is of Least Concern in the IUCN list.

Sightings

15-Nov-2018 : Extremadura, Spain (1)
12-Nov-2018 : Extremadura, Spain (3)
05-Feb-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon (1)

16-Dec-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon (1)
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)