Their wings are broad and rounded, often markedly bowed in flight, and they all have long sinuous necks and dagger-shaped bills.
The little egret is a small white heron with attractive white plumes on crest, back and chest, black legs and bill and yellow feet. It first appeared in the UK in significant numbers in 1989
The little egret is a recent colonist, and is most common along the south and east coasts of England and in Wales.
Grey herons are unmistakeable: tall, with long legs, a long beak and grey, black and white feathering. They can stand with their neck stretched out, looking for food, or hunched down with their neck bent over their chest.
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