Bright red legs and pointed red beak, quite a large bird
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Thank you - I didn't realise they had white heads in winter. It did look very large, it seemed to be keeping company with an egret for all of the time I was watching them, and seemed to be almost the same size.
Yes, they just retain a dark spot behind the eye in winter.
Chris Brooks - www.dragonfly-images.co.uk
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I sometimes find the size of Little Egrets very hard to 'pin down' in the field - they can seem almost the size of Grey Herons at one moment and then hardly bigger than, say a Black-headed Gull the next.
I vaguely remember an article in British Birds about this years ago - so perhaps it's not just me! (and individuals do vary in size quite a lot - there was a photo on ISpot that showed this not long ago as well).
Alan Brampton (Benson)
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