Little Egret

Little Egret from Morris, Francis Orpen. A history of British birds. London : Groombridge and Sons, 1851-1857.

Collection: Special Collections, UCC Library, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland.

The Little Egret is a resident along coasts and rivers throughout Ireland. It is a medium-sized white heron, with long black legs, yellow feet, and a black bill. According to BirdWatch Ireland, it was rare in Ireland until it first started breeding here in late 1990s. It now appears in almost every coastal county and at some inland sites. They are becoming more common along the River Lee in Cork City and have been spotted on University College Cork campus. For more information go to:


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