A Rook digs about in the grass on the salt marsh at Campfield Marsh on the Solway coast of Cumbria,NW England,seemingly oblivious to the rather special visitor to his right. A Great White Egret (or Great Egret) that was overwintering there 2011/2012. (This was the 8th Feb 2012)
According to the RSPB,only about 10 of these birds overwinter in the UK.They bred for the first time in SW England in 2012. They have expanded their range from (continental) Europe. Hopefully they will soon be appearing in similar numbers to the Little Egret,which first apeared in the UK in significant numbers in 1989 and which are now quite common in my part of Cumbria.(See below for Little Egret)
Sony Alpha 350 DSLR Tamron 70-300 zoom at long distance and cropped.
Little Egret

Another recent breeding success-Spoonbill


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  • Dorothy Thomson
    Dorothy Thomsonover 1 year ago

    Great find Jamie :-)

  • Thanks very much Dorothy

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  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 1 year ago

    Truly & whole-heartedly gotta love this pair. Ain’t oblivion grand??

  • They’ve been obliverated,as they say here.

    – VoluntaryRanger

  • David Davies
    David Daviesover 1 year ago

    Well caught, Jamie!

  • Cheers David

    – VoluntaryRanger

  • Roy  Massicks
    Roy Massicksover 1 year ago

    Great find and capture Jamie – like your title too ! I call them the birthday birds as that was taken on my birthday… !

  • Happy bird-day Mr M.

    – VoluntaryRanger

  • seeya
    seeyaover 1 year ago

    Living together in harmony….at least for a few minutes! How wonderful that the breeding is showing successful results and that more will be returning. The Great Egret is fairly common where I live (along with the Great Blue Heron), but always so stunning to see. Hard to capture an image of, they are very aware of their surroundings and skittish:) Sandy

  • They sure are skittish Sandy.And worse when you are accompanied by a

    – VoluntaryRanger

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 1 year ago

    Peggy posted this watercolor of a Snowy Egret a short time ago, & she sent us cards of the image in three different sizes. Just marvelous. She has just completed a mural (she was one of seven local artists chosen in the Newburyport, Massachusetts, area to work on sections of this work) that will be installed along a bike path bridge, & she included these waders.

  • I’d love to see a snowy egret.I’ve seen Little,Great and Cattle Egrets in Cumbria..One day….

    – VoluntaryRanger

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