Egrets through the lens

Once a rarity in the UK, over the past 25years Egrets have become almost common.  Usually seen in wetlands and estuaries on the South Coast, although they are spreading inland and northwards.   I have seen one in a stream in the middle of a housing estate in my home town of Winchester.   He was only there for a day or so, and not been seen again.  Whereas I suspect this little EgretKONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA in Olhão is quite often seen waiting for the train from Faro!

I find them delightful birds, and for me at least in east Algarve the challenge is being confident you know what you are looking at – as Little Egrets mingle with Cattle Egrets.  We’ve yet to spot a Great Egret though.  When I took the photo below I thought I was watching a Little Egret, but afterwards realised of course it is a Cattle Egret.  It’s the beak colour that gives it away – very obvious now as I look at the photograph!  Not sure where he was heading for, as no cattle with ticks around this path.  DSCN2154

Whereas this Cattle Egret looked far more at home in a meadow to the east of Olhão, and the Little Egret below I spotted from the beautiful bridge over the river in Tavira.

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The light is wonderful in the Algarve, and so quite often you get wonderful shots of the birds.

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When in Portugal you will find me walking, cooking, photographing, reading and of course blogging. In England it is pretty much the same but with the addition of gardening and lots of volunteering!

Olá!

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