Like a miniature ghostly heron, a Little Egret shuffles around in the salt marsh near St Annes.
With its pure white feathers, black bill, long black legs, and massive yellow feet, it’s easy to spot – when not hiding in the reeds. During the breeding season it wears fancy plumes on its head and neck.
Little Egrets first bred in the UK in Dorset in 1996. Since then they’ve been on the move northwards and are now a common sight on the coasts of the UK.
They’re in evidence here in the North West, fishing in rock pools near Granny’s Bay, flying low along the edge of the estuary, lurking in the reeds and tall grasses.
It’s a striking, elegant bird.