Great White Egret – Titchfield Haven, Hampshire

At least 1 Great White Egret has been seen intermittently at Titchfield Haven all summer and although I’ve tried to catch up with it on a few occasions it always seemed to be hidden away on an inaccessible part of the river.

Today however it was seen well from the viewing platform near the visitor centre. Soon after we got the message Dad and I headed down there and it was still showing well when we arrived.

The fishing technique is different to the Little Egret and more Heron like with long periods of standing motionless with a fully extended neck. It remained in view at fairly close range for 15 minutes or more allowing me to get some sketches. At one stage it flew up on to a post on the island revealing its black feet.

Later in the afternoon we moved over to the Pumfrett hide overlooking the south scrape to look for waders and the Great White Egret flew in to wash and preen in front of us allowing me to capture a few extra poses.

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