Little Egret Egretta garzetta

Egretta garzetta (Linnaeus, 1766)

Length 55-65 cm. Wingspan 88-106 cm. Weight 400-600 g.

When the tide goes out to reveal shallow pools and masses of clumped seaweed it is time for the waders to come and feed. The Little Egret does an odd little dance to agitate the water to stir up small fish and invertebrates on which it feeds. An elegant white heron, with long head plumes, black bill, black legs and yellow feet. It can live for up to 10 years.

It constructs its nest from sticks in a tree. It lays 3 or 4 eggs in 1 brood, April to July.

Seen all year round, and found on coasts and estuaries. Once a very rare visitor from the Mediterranean, it is now a common sight around the coasts of southern England and Wales as it expands its range.