Join for FREE
It only takes a minute!
Zeiss - Always on the lookout for something special – Shop now

Welcome to BirdForum.
BirdForum is the net's largest birding community, dedicated to wild birds and birding, and is absolutely FREE! You are most welcome to register for an account, which allows you to take part in lively discussions in the forum, post your pictures in the gallery and more.

Great white egret in Hertfordshire, UK

Thread Tools Rate Thread
Old Saturday 17th January 2015, 19:00   #1
Registered User

Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Hertfordshire
Posts: 18
Great white egret in Hertfordshire, UK

I went for a walk earlier in a park in my town in eastern Hertfordshire and could only see common birds such as magpies, woodpigeons, a couple of robins etc...then I walked alongside a stream/small river with vegetation on both sides and a patch of trees and undergrowth on the other side to me (or possibly on a small island - I can't remember now). I stopped and looked, then lo and behold a grey heron and a great white egret both took off from among the trees and flew off.

I don't have a picture I'm afraid, because I was so surprised to see the egret (and it was flying away from me) I didn't have time to get my camera out. But I can absolutely swear that it was a great white egret, although they're rare visitors to the UK. It was the same size as the grey heron so definitely wasn't a little egret, and I don't think it was a leucistic grey heron, either. I've watched this video to be sure.
Triplet is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Sunday 18th January 2015, 18:44   #2
Shore Lark
Registered User

Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Bedfordshire
Posts: 42
Great find, Triplet!

There are quite a few Great White Egrets around the area at the moment: Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and a few in Northamptonshire.

But, oddly enough, there doesn't appear to have been a single record in Hertfordshire this year (or winter even), so I would strongly suggest (if you are sure it was a Great White) you forward the relevant information to the county bird recorder, by quickly filling in the form below:

This way if it's still in the area, some more people might be able to see it - Certainly those looking for a rare opportunity to add one onto their Herts lists.
Shore Lark is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Monday 2nd February 2015, 18:55   #3
Registered User

Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Hertfordshire
Posts: 18
Thanks, Shore Lark! And sorry for not replying sooner - totally forgot that I hadn't. I took your advice and filled in the online form you gave. :)
Triplet is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Monday 2nd February 2015, 19:00   #4
Bah humbug
dantheman's Avatar

Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Cornwall
Posts: 11,996
Blog Entries: 2
Aside from size, foot colour (and leg length) would be the most importamt features to get on a bird flying away from you ...
__________________ - last update 10/11/15 - really rather remarkable still!!!
dantheman is offline  
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Great White Heron, or Great Egret? MA, USA craftygirl Bird Identification Q&A 9 Monday 25th August 2008 23:36
Great White heron, or Great Egret? Gary Clark Bird Identification Q&A 16 Saturday 19th April 2008 23:43
Great White Egret rosbifs Your Rarities 1 Sunday 26th March 2006 23:03
Great White Egret? Susan C Your Rarities 6 Thursday 18th September 2003 17:42


Fatbirder's Top 1000 Birding Websites

Help support BirdForum

Page generated in 0.22758102 seconds with 16 queries
All times are GMT. The time now is 22:10.