The great white egret can look similar to the little egret but as the name suggests they are much larger, similar to the size of a grey heron. Great white egrets are an occasional visitor and favour all kinds of wetland habitat – even farmland ditches can attract them. They have a diet of fish, insects and frogs, caught by spearing with their long, sharp beak.
Great white egrets have occurred in the UK in all months of the year, but they are most likely to be seen during spring and winter.
How to identify
The great white egret is a white heron, similar to the size of a grey heron with black feet and a long sharp yellow beak.