That’s different!

Great Egrets are a common sighting at Cairn Curran – I’ve seen individual birds regularly over the past few months.

Great Egret, Cairn Curran Reservoir, 26th May 2017



Their smaller relative, the Little Egret Egretta garzetta, is an entirely different story. Over the past ten years I can only recall seeing it once, and adult fishing near the dam wall at Tullaroop Reservoir. Yesterday afternoon after photographing the Great Egret (above) I spotted a small, white ‘heron’ feeding in the shallows – sure enough it was a juvenile Little Egret. This species is renowned for its quick, dashing movements when feeding – I was fortunate to capture few images before it flew off across the lake. I certainly hope to spend some time with it soon in better light.

Little Egret … only the second I’ve seen locally in the last ten years!

One response to “That’s different!

  1. Egretta garzetta – what a marvellous, exotic and romantic name. The egret equivalent of Gina Lollobrigida? 🙂

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