Great White Egret at Clifford Hill Gravel Pits

Dave Jackson found this superb Great White Egret this morning at Clifford Hill GP. It was still there late in the afternoon and seems reasonably tolerant of various human activities going on around it.

Great White Egret, Clifford Hill GP, 27th July 2013 (Dave Jackson)

Great White Egret, Clifford Hill GP, 27th July 2013 (Dave Jackson)

Great White Egret, Clifford Hill GP, 27th July 2013 (Mike Alibone)  
Great White Egret, Clifford Hill GP, 27th July 2013 (Dave Jackson).

Great White Egret, Clifford Hill GP, 27th July 2013 (Dave Jackson).

Since the first County record at Stanford Reservoir in July 1992, there have been at least fifteen subsequent records, including three together in October 2002 and three together in the early part of this year at Earls Barton GP. The likely source of our visitors is France and The Netherlands where, according to British Birds, there is now a wintering population in excess of 2000 individuals!

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