Big white birds at Minsmere July 2021

At Minsmere on 20 July: please can you tell me what the big white birds were, sitting in a group on edge of water - I was in the wildlife hide looking towards the East Hide. Thank you

  • Not having visited Minsmere, I can't help much, other than to quiz for more detail.

    1. Did they look like white herons or geese?
    2. Could you see the colour of the beak?
    3. Could you see the colour of the legs?

    Mike

    Flickr Peak Rambler

  • The best fit for big white birds sitting on the edge of water in late July in UK would be mute swans. Most other birds that are white and large would be standing.
  • I've found a photo, the best I could get. Can I add it to the thread somehow?
  • In reply to Jane Ware:

    Jane Ware said:
    I've found a photo, the best I could get. Can I add it to the thread somehow?

    Yes, first you need to select "Use rich formatting" located at the bottom right corner of the text box. That will bring up a menu at the top of a new text box,.

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    Mike

    Flickr Peak Rambler

  •   Thank you ;). Here they are.

  • You're welcome.

    I'm tempted to say egrets, but I can't see enough of the beaks or legs to define which one.

    Mike

    Flickr Peak Rambler

  • Yes, egrets and they're standing. Might need one of the Minsmere people to i.d.
  • I'm going to say they are little egrets. It would be very unusual to see this many great whites together.

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  • In reply to Limpy:

    Limpy said:
    I'm going to say they are little egrets. It would be very unusual to see this many great whites together.

    I don't think I've ever seen two or more great whites together, but then I didn't want to assume they were all little egrets.

    Mike

    Flickr Peak Rambler

  • Not the best photo but the most Great Egrets I've seen together at one time were three recently at Leighton Moss.....      they all seemed to have varying bill colours from full yellow to maybe young or non-breeding bird.

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