As the name suggests, the great white egret is a large, white heron. Great white egrets can look similar to little egrets, but they are much larger - the same size as the familiar grey heron. Other identification features to look out for include black feet (not yellow), yellow beak (in juvenile and non-breeding plumage) and a different fishing technique, more like that of the grey heron.
What they eat:
Fish, insects and frogs, caught by spearing with its long, sharp beak.
- UK wintering:
- 35 birds