North Norfolk Coast - Little Egrets - part 1

It doesn't seem that long ago when the sighting of a Little Egret was quite a rarity. Now they are a lot more common, and I would be disappointed to visit any wetland reserve without seeing one. Getting close to them is a different matter and most of the photos I have of these birds have been taken abroad, where they are a lot more confiding. However, today was to be my lucky day!

Cley Marshes is an internationally important wetland reserve on the North Norfolk Coast. I hadn't been for years so I thought I would pay it a visit. One of the birds I was able to photograph was the Little Egret.

A bright white bird on a sunny day can present real challenges to a camera's exposure meter. It is therefore best to photograph them either early or late in the day, when the light is better. My first encounter with an egret was, however, late morning. Nonetheless I perserved and was able to get a few shots I was happy with. At first the bird sat motionless on a shingle bank, before preening itself and then fishing in the pools in front of me. The bird seemed oblivious to my presence (I was not in a hide) and came really quite close!  

Little Egret

Little Egret  

Little Egret

Little Egret

Little Egret

Although I was pleased with these images, it was a shame the light was so harsh. Luckily I got another chance later in the day - Little Egrets part 2 to come.

 

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