Birdwatching at Cotswold Water Park – Little Egret

At this time of year Little Egrets are in abundance throughout Cotswold Water Park. On Saturday, 18 were reported as having been seen on one of the lakes. The Little Egret is a small white heron, which has attractive white plumes on it's crest, back and chest. The Little Egret has striking black legs with yellow feet (although you may only see his feet if he is flying as much of the rest of the time he will be standing in water!).

Little Egrets are relatively new to the UK. They first appeared in significant numbers in 1989 and first bred in 1996. It is now at home in many locations in southern England, both as a breeding species and a winter visitor.

Photo credit: creative commons licensed (BY-ND) flickr photo by Mick Sway: http://flickr.com/photos/micksway/15223566814

Posted by Naomi at http://www.cotswoldfamilyholidays.com

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