Sunday, 27 January 2013

Cattle Egret

Whilst standing on my patch yesterday with Dan, a report came through of a cattle egret on Holy Island, which took us by surprise! I thought I was seeing things but I wasn't - Northumberland's first twitchable Cattle Egret and we couldn't say no! As Alan Tilmouth said on his recent post, this was the first real bird of note so far this winter, apart from the odd bean goose! So this morning, Andrew Kinghorn kindly took me and Dan, with Michael Murphy and Kieran Lawrence to see it. Arriving at 9:15, we were greeted by a long line of birders, most of which I knew and it was nice to see everyone reunited for this county mega! It was also nice to finally meet Stewart today!

Anyway, when we arrived the egret was in the garden and unfortunately out of sight, however after about half an hour of standing freezing our arses off, it finally walked out into the 'open' and I managed to get my first British and County Cattle Egret! After watching it for about an hour, it finally stopped and stood in a decent place where I could get a phone-scoped shot of it, very record shot-style again but what a bird! Did not do it justice at all with the shot and hopefully there will be a up!

True County Mega!

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