Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)
Species
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta). Taken at Titchwell, Norfolk on June 27th 2012.
Taken at Titchwell, Norfolk on June 27th 2012.
(1/500th sec at f13. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta). Taken at Farmoor, Oxon., on August 19th 2016.
Taken at Farmoor, Oxon., on August 19th 2016.
(1/1600th sec at f13. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)

Description

L: 55 - 65cm; WS: 71 - 86cm

The Little Egret is a small white heron with white plumes on its 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 found mainly in southern Europe and increasingly in the British Isles.

It nests colonially in dense trees and bushes at shallow marshy lakes, rivers and coastal lagoons.

It takes fish, frogs, insects, snails, etc from shallow lakes, ponds and flooded fields, often in small groups.

It is amber status in the UK owing to the low number of breeding pairs (around 150 pairs). Around 4500 birds spend the winter here.

Sightings

15-Nov-2018 : Extremadura, Spain
14-Nov-2018 : Extremadura, Spain
12-Nov-2018 : Extremadura, Spain
25-Aug-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon (3)
05-Aug-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (3)
31-Jul-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
28-Jun-2018 : Arnside, Cumbria (2)
27-Jun-2018 : Arnside, Cumbria (3)
26-Jun-2018 : Arnside, Cumbria (2)
26-Jun-2018 : Leighton Moss, Lancashire (1)
20-Jun-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon (3)
06-Jun-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
02-Jun-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon (7)
13-Mar-2018 : Fuerteventura, Canary Islands (2)
12-Mar-2018 : Fuerteventura, Canary Islands
10-Mar-2018 : Fuerteventura, Canary Islands (1)
12-Feb-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (2)
05-Feb-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon (1)
04-Feb-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (1)
15-Jan-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (2)
03-Jan-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (1)

18-Dec-2017 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (1)
01-Nov-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon (1)
12-Oct-2017 : Cley Marshes, Norfolk (6)
12-Oct-2017 : Morston Salt Marsh, Norfolk (4)
12-Oct-2017 : Blakeney Point NNR, Norfolk (3)
11-Oct-2017 : Holkham NNR, Norfolk (1)
10-Oct-2017 : Titchwell Marsh, Norfolk (10+)
09-Oct-2017 : Titchwell Marsh, Norfolk (4)
20-Sep-2017 : Radipole Lake, Dorset (1)
18-Sep-2017 : Lodmoor, Dorset (6)
14-Sep-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
28-Aug-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
20-Aug-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
29-Jul-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon (2)
14-Jun-2017 : Whelford Pools, Glos (1)
30-May-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
14-May-2017 : Whelford Pools, Glos (1)
06-May-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
29-Apr-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
21-Apr-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
13-Apr-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
11-Apr-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
28-Jan-2017 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (1)
02-Jan-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon (2)

24-Dec-2016 : Standlake Common, Oxon (1)
06-Nov-2016 : La Janda, Spain (20+)
05-Nov-2016 : Playa de Los Lances, Spain (2)
09-Oct-2016 : Standlake Common, Oxon (2)
04-Sep-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
28-Aug-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
19-Aug-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (3)
31-Jul-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
31-Jul-2016 : Standlake Common, Oxon (2)
23-Jul-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (5)
04-Jul-2016 : Leighton Moss, Lancashire (2)
03-Jul-2016 : Milnthorpe, Cumbria (1)
05-Jun-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
02-Jun-2016 : Lymington-Keyhaven NR, Hants (1)
01-Jun-2016 : Lymington-Keyhaven NR, Hants (9)
14-May-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
25-Mar-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
25-Mar-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
27-Feb-2016 : Standlake Common, Oxon (1)
09-Jan-2016 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (2)
04-Jan-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)

06-Dec-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
24-Oct-2015 : Titchwell Marsh, Norfolk (1)
22-Oct-2015 : Snettisham, Norfolk (2)
07-Sep-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
15-Aug-2015 : Rushy Common, Oxon (1)
01-Jun-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (5)
10-May-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
09-May-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (3)
01-May-2015 : Arne, Dorset (1)
30-Apr-2015 : Arne, Dorset (5)
28-Apr-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
27-Apr-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
05-Apr-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)

28-Sep-2014 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (1)
21-Sep-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
28-Aug-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon (5)
03-Aug-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
01-Aug-2014 : Leighton Moss, Lancashire (14)
31-Jul-2014 : Leighton Moss, Lancashire (2)
20-Jul-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
19-Jun-2014 : Novo Zhelezare, Bulgaria
16-Jun-2014 : Whelford Pools, Glos (1)
25-May-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon (3)
15-May-2014 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon (2)
08-May-2014 : Newport, Pembrokeshire (1)
17-Apr-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
12-Apr-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
23-Mar-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
09-Mar-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon (5)