|Great White Egret roosting|
|Great White Egret|
The heron species normally associated with mainland Europe have been doing some interesting things lately. The story of the colonisation of Little Egrets is now well known. Following on from that Cattle Egrets, Purple Herons and Little Bitterns have all nested but as far as I know have not yet become firmly established. I reckon that Great White Egret might well join them as a breeding bird soon.
|Great White with Little Egrets|
This species used to be a great rarity but quite a number are recorded annually nowadays and with Great White Egrets nesting as close as the Netherlands and France surely we will not have to wait long. There may be as many as 5 or 6 Great Whites in South Wales just now so all you BTO heronry counters keep an eye open.