74. Egret

by Jarvo J March. 15, 2010 4734 views

I'm sure there are lots of places where an egret wouldn't be the cause of much excitement, but for me it's quite a rarity. According to the RSPB [rspb.org.uk], there are only about 150 breeding pairs in the UK, with a further 1600 individual birds wintering here. This one doesn't seem to be part of a pair, but it is feeding very well, so I guess it will be off on its holidays soon to wherever egrets take their summer break.

This is the second year that I've seen this bird in Southchurch Boulevard, but last year I couldn't get near enough to get any pictures. You might wonder why it would choose to hang around a narrow grass strip in the middle of a residential road. Especially one that is such a popular place with all the local dog walkers. I think the answer is quite simply, worms. I watched if for about 15 minutes this morning and in that time it caught quite a lot. In fact with its long slender beak it didn't seem to have any difficulty at all in getting them.

The early bird catches the worm. But I don't like worms.

Why did the egret cross the road?

Oooh, my knees are sore.

Go on, I'll give you a race.

Get off - I'm not sharing my worms with anyone.

Ha ha, I knew I could beat the traffic.

Do you like my costume? I'm wearing it to the Rio Carnival (Sorry I know it's not such a good shot, but I was intrigued that when landing it put some of it's feathers up, rather like flaps on an aeroplane).

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Brian 9 years, 7 months ago

Wow, great shots of the Egret and in an interesting environment!

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Lis 9 years, 7 months ago

so great! i love the photo with the worm on it. Great story and photos!:)

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Péter Somogyvári 9 years, 7 months ago

Excellent captures!

9 years, 7 months ago Edited
Helen Hooker 9 years, 7 months ago

Great set - what a wonderful find :-)

9 years, 7 months ago Edited
Lynda 9 years, 7 months ago

Great shots

9 years, 7 months ago Edited
Eiram Marie 9 years, 7 months ago

I never knew egrets could be so funny:)

9 years, 7 months ago Edited
Stefan Fletcher 9 years, 7 months ago

Now I know what an egret looks like and does. Thanks.

9 years, 7 months ago Edited
Gonia 9 years, 7 months ago

super done!pretty it looks with a car.but love them all!

9 years, 7 months ago Edited
Larry Nelson 9 years, 7 months ago

Good shots - good information. Birds are hard to catch, and these are fun, Jon!

9 years, 7 months ago Edited
Mariez 9 years, 7 months ago

Oh, you were lucky today! I like 3 and 5. Also like the "story"!

9 years, 7 months ago Edited
Huiching 9 years, 7 months ago

Wow. Nice set!

9 years, 7 months ago Edited
Juan Regaldie 9 years, 7 months ago

Excellent pictures & report !!

9 years, 7 months ago Edited
Thebronzebow 9 years, 7 months ago

Awesome! They are very rare here too. Great catch... you and the egret. ;-)

9 years, 7 months ago Edited
Paolo Martini 9 years, 7 months ago

wonderful! (with cars is so original indeed..)

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