Sunday, January 13, 2008
A couple of months ago, I reported on a heart-lifting encounter with a Little Egret. Well, I must report that yesterday I came across this beautiful bird again, in much more unlikely surroundings, viz a public park right on my Surrey suburban doorstep. I'd already seen a kingfisher - as I do nearly every time I set foot in that particular park (though it never loses its magic) - but the egret was a wonderful surprise. I glimpsed it through trees as it came in to land and could hardly believe what I was seeing. Approaching nearer, I found it standing on open ground, amid a scattering of crows (making it all the whiter), with a slightly bemused Where am I? And what do I do now? air. I watched it, amazed, for some while as we played grandmother's footsteps across the open ground. Then eventually I left it in peace - elegant and radiantly white against the sodden green. What was it doing so far inland? (getting on for 15 miles south of the London Thames, 40-plus miles north of the south coast). Is this, I wonder, a sign of things to come? Will the little egret become as common a sight as the heron? I rather hope so, as it is considerably more decorative and graceful. Has anyone out there in the blogosphere seen an egret so far inland?
Posted by Nige at 11:06 am