Saturday, May 14, 2011

Øygarden 14 May 2011 - Great Egret

Southerly and sunny.

Took a quick look at Breivik which produced only the long staying male Pied Wagtail svartryggerle of any interest.

Back home working on the house / garden I received a tip-off about a Great Egret egretthegre at Steinsvatnet. There was nothing else to do than pile the children into the car and head off to see it. A five minute drive later we were watching Øygarden's third (or perhaps fourth) find of this superb egret. A powerful heat haze hindered both viewing and photography but all the necessary details were seen in order to confirm this as an adult in breeding plumage. The bird was rather flighty and was chased off by Greylags grågås but thankfully did not stray far.

For a picture of the second occurrence see here.

 Øygarden's third or fourth Great Egret egretthegre

A White-tailed Eagle havørn circled the garden whilst we were eating celebratory ice creams....

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