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Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) and Slender-billed Gull (Chroicocephalus genei) | by jonnobird (Catching up after Cyprus)
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Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) and Slender-billed Gull (Chroicocephalus genei)

A Little Egret and a Slender-billed Gull up close at Lady's Mile on the shores of Akrotiri Salt Lake beside Limassol.


Little Egrets are common passage migrants through Cyprus with a few pairs now remaining to breed while although Slender-billed Gulls are also a fairly common Spring migrant overall, they're fairly scarce even in their breeding areas of the Mediterranean and south eastern Europe.


Little Egrets first appeared in the UK in significant numbers in 1989 and first bred in Dorset in 1996. Its colonization followed naturally from a range expansion intro western and northern France in previous decades. It is now at home on numerous south coast sites, both as a breeding species and as a winter visitor.


I'm not normally anthropomorphic when it comes to my photos but I still can't help thinking that this Little Egret and Slender-billed Gull, look as if they'd had a row and the Egret is walking off in a huff !!

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Taken on May 4, 2013