Sunday, 1 January 2017

Cattle Egrets for New Year's Day!

It's been raining off and on all day here in East Norfolk, but a brief pause in the showers was all the excuse we needed to drive out to Halvergate for a look at the Cattle Egrets.

Linda and I were the original finders of these exotic little herons a week before Christmas: at the time three were hunched up against the cold and wind, so only one showed its characteristic bare-part colouration. Erring on the cautious side, I blogged them as a Cattle and three Littles. Quite ironic that I had several e-mails suggesting I '...might have been mistaken!' Eventually Steve Smith connected and then everyone was all over them like a rash!

It's really good that they've stuck around for people to see- we bumped into Lee Evans when we visited at 11.00 am! That guy must really love his birds (and year list!) to visit Norfolk in this weather!


chris said...

Hello David. And happy new year to you both. Regarding the egrets.How far out on the Halvergate are they ? Me and Kevin want to nip out in our diner hour sometime this week so he can get some photo's Chris

David said...

Hi Chris
You know the sharp right hand bend going from the Stracey Arms railway bridge to Halvergate? There's a little concrete track leading to the parking area by the cattle pens. The egrets are viewable from this track: they're often with the cattle on the left before Halvergate, so you don't even need to get out of the car!

chris said...

Thanks my friend