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Herons Egrets and Bitterns

Group: 
Birds

Birds of reed beds and mudflats. Long legs for wading and long beaks for fishing.

The information about this group of species has been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail:

Distribution Map Some Charts Some Photographs Sites List Records List Original Tweets Guidance Notes

Little Egret

Egretta garzetta
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A distinctive pure white bird with long legs and neck. Seen near water across Dorset.


 

Photo by:
Peter Orchard

Bittern

Botaurus stellaris
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A rare bird of dense reed beds more often heard than seen.


 

 

Photo by:
Peter Orchard

Grey Heron

Ardea cinerea
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A distinctive tall, long legged bird of the water's edge


 

Photo by:
Peter Orchard

Purple Heron

Ardea purpurea
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A rare visitor to Dorset.


 

 

Photo by:
Internet Open Source

White Stork

Ciconia ciconia
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Although it nests across much of Europe it is an infrequent visitor to Britain ad certainly to Dorset.


 

 

Photo by:
Ian Ballam

Spoonbill

Platalea leucorodia
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An increasingly familar sight in Poole Harbour; larger than the little egret and with a distinctive bill.


 

Photo by:
Ian Ballam

These much rarer species have also been recorded in Dorset:

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Species Common Name Scientific Name Status
Great White Egret Ardea alba

The occasional bird turns up in Dorset from time to time, usually a winter visitor 


 

Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis

Comes to Dorset in small groups in some winters and in others it is not seeen


 

 

Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus

A species from the Mediterranean region being seen more frequently in Britain and in Dorset.