What am I?
A small white heron, pronounced ‘eee-grit’, with beautiful white plumes on its crest, back and chest, a black bill and black legs with strikingly yellow feet.
The smallest of our herons with black beak and legs with yellow feet, the little egret is now a regular sight on the Essex coast.
Using their feet they flush out prey, including fish, amphibians, worms and crustaceans, in shallow waters and then spear them with its long, pointy beak. Egrets nest together with grey herons in so called heronries, usually in tall trees around water bodies.