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GREAT WHITE EGRET

The Great White Egret, sometimes know as the Common Egret, Large Egret or Great White Heron, is the largest of the 3 Egrets found in the UK.  Unlike the Little Egret it is not a common breeder in the UK (just 2 pairs in the whole of the UK) and is largely a winter visitor with 100 to 150 visiting each year.  The Great White Egret is all white except for its black legs and beak which is yellow in the winter and black in the summer.  This bird does not have the two long plumes from the back of its head / top of neck that its smaller cousin the Little Egret has.  I have been lucky enough to see this bird at RSPB Leighton Moss in October 2015 and at RSPB Fairburn Ings last year.

Length: 85-100cm (34-39in)

Wingspan: 1.45-1.7m (4¾-5½ft)

Weight: 1-1.5kg (2¼-3¼lb)

Average Life: 10-15 years

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