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Once upon a time the Little egret (Egretta garzetta) was a common bird in Britain, then became extinct (probably due to hunting and climate change), and is now becoming common again, though we don’t usually see them very often in my bit of south Wales. So, imagine my delight yesterday when I saw my second of the year at my local country park. I spotted a distinctive white blob from the opposite side of one of the lakes and hightailed it around to where the Little egret was sitting in a tree. Unfortunately, the bird was almost invisible amongst the dense trees and impossible to photograph clearly. So, today’s photograph is of Little egret number one, seen flying over one of the park’s outer fields back on 26 January. Here’s hoping we see more of these gorgeous birds as their numbers continue to increase.

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