A very welcome visitor to the water’s edge here, is this Great Egret. I spotted him early this morning, surveying the lake from his vantage point on top of the neighbour’s roof.
These birds are such elegant creatures, tall and slender, and pure white in color, with a long ‘S’ shaped neck and stilt-like black legs.
Their long, sharp bills are used to spear their prey, once it comes within striking distance.
Measuring three feet in height and with a four-foot wingspan, the Great Egret is one of the largest members of the heron family, second in size only to the Great Blue Heron, who, I’m happy to say, has also become a regular visitor since our return here. He’s so handsome, and he knows it.