Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)
When I started out 'birding' over thirty years ago seeing one of these would have been a major event but. by the mid-eighties they had established as a UK breeding species and now, twenty years on, they can be seen as far north as Inverness.
The spread of the Little Egret has been quite remarkable and that gives rise to speculation that possibly the Spoonbill and possibly Cattle Egret may colonise our shores as well.
Although frequent around the harbour I always get a little bit of a thrill when I see one of these lovely birds, long may they stay with us.