Walk like an Egyptian !

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Over the last few months, I have seen very few Little Egrets on the shore at Titchfield Haven but over the last couple of days, they appear to be returning to the coast. I think those birds that are resident in the UK had moved to more inland waters to take advantage of a more sheltered habitat. 5 le4 leWhile walking along the shore this Egret was getting a ruffle from the offshore breeze.3 le

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Going back to my earlier post about my bird watching The 1966 Collins Guide to British Birds states about the Litlle Egret ” A Pure White Heron with black bill and legs and yellow feet, which show in flight; an increasing but still rare visitor, mainly to marshes in the South”. Today the RSPB website says about the Little Egret. “It first appeared in the UK in significant numbers in 1989 and 1st bred in Dorset in 1996. Its colonization followed naturally from a range expansion into western and northern France in previous decades. It is now at home on numerous south coast sites, both as a breeding species and as a winter visitor.”
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I watched as he walked along moving one of this feet back and forth under the water to stir up the little fish as they moved he would grab them in his beak.

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5 thoughts on “Walk like an Egyptian !

  1. I have only seen egrets in Florida where they have a lot of swampy areas and moss hanging in the trees. I can remember seeing them sitting in the trees amongst the moss. You really noticed them as they are snowy white. These are great pictures of the egret when the breeze blew and ruffled his feathers. Totally changed his normally sleek appearance. I was amazed as those big yellow feet in contrast to the black legs. Odd that they have the different color of feet, and amazing how they stir up the water to find fish. I really liked these egret photos.

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