Two days ago a Great (White) Egret was seen in a field near to the village of Eastrea in Cambridgeshire. Its' location was fairly close (as the Egret flies) to where one was seen back in May on the Eldernell part of the Nene Washes. I wonder if it was the same bird?
Today was my first opportunity to visit the area and see the bird for myself. The day dawned dull, cloudy and wet, but I ventured out and arrived at the site to find no bird. After searching various dykes and ditches I came across the bird in a dyke hidden by reeds (the bird, not the dyke). It was still extremely dark, so not the time to go rattling off photo's, so I decided to wait and see if the weather cheered up. The bird flew! Great, where is it going? I thought, as it flew high and east. After fruitlessly looking for the bird by driving around the nearby droves, I returned to the original site where I saw the bird frequenting its' original dyke! The light was better and so I managed to get a couple of shots when it appeared out of the dyke.
I managed to get a short video of the bird fishing, where hopefully, you will able to see it catch a fish.
I still don't understand why it has two names though!?