BIRD 4

Bird Watching (UK) - - Go Birding -

All white herons tend to get called egrets, al­though (West­ern) Reef Egrets are some­times called Reef Herons. The lat­ter species has never oc­curred in the UK, though there were some dodgy near-claims when un­fa­mil­iar ju­ve­nile Lit­tle Egrets started ap­pear­ing in the UK. White im­ma­ture Reef Egrets are in­deed sim­i­lar to ju­ve­nile Lit­tle Egrets, be­ing sim­i­lar in size and shape, and with sim­i­larly green­ish-yel­low legs. This bird is clearly an egret and the short­ish neck (th­ese things are rel­a­tive) rules out a dark-billed Great White Egret (which have very long, kinked necks). The thin dark bill rules out Cat­tle Egret, so we are re­ally left with Lit­tle or Reef. The nar­row bill and dark grey lores should help to con­firm this bird as a ju­ve­nile Lit­tle Egret.

KEY FEA­TURES †All white plumage †Dark bill and bluish lores †Yel­low-green legs †’Nor­mal’ neck length

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