Here are a few photos of a heron we stumbled across at Eilat North Beach. Pics 1 and 2 are from 13.03. and 3-5 from 20.03. (showing presumably the same bird). At first glance we thought it to be a Little Egret because of the darkness and coloration of its legs and bill although we had some minor reservations regarding the bill and head shape. We showed our pictures to a tour guide from a nearby birding group. He said that the bird is difficult to determine but was leaning towards Little Egret. Other birdwatchers reported a Western Reef Heron on the same day and spot as 'our' bird. Could it be that the bird is a Western Reef Heron (maybe 1st winter/winter plumage) or is it 'just' the ordinary Little Egret?
Thank you in advance,