Class Aves (Birds)
Family Ardeidae (Herons)
Species Egretta garzetta (Linnaeus, 1766)
Length 55-65 cm.
Wingspan 88-106 cm.
Lifespan up to 10 years.
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 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.
September 2019, East Cowes, Isle of Wight, England. Nikon D7200 © Peter Hillman