You don’t even need to know about birds for this but, if you had to give an answer, what colour is this birds beak? It was a long way off, hand held shot at the crack of dawn, hence very blurred but enough to just make out its beak.
You can tell by the trailing legs and wing shape
It’s not an ibis. It’s an egret, and I’m 99% sure which type but want a collective on the beak colour. Then I can be 100%.
Ha, that's actually what I meant - been reading too much Egyptian history.
> Cattle would be my estimation - orange coloured patches
Black legs means defo not cattle. And it looked big. What colour do you think the beak is?
Defo Great White Egret. It’s size, normally a deciding factor, is backed up by lack of yellow feet (little egrets have yellow feet) and the beak, is not black, I’d go yellow (but v hard to see).
bill looks yellow to me. I agree with the ID of great white egret, there's an increasing number of them in the UK these days.
Ta. On my dog walk I’ve only ever seen one little egret, so was a bit stunned. I did see this total cracker yesterday though , one of a group of four wheatears passing through.
In the mid-80's I had the pleasure of spending quite a lot of time up Mount Kenya. One evening, chilling at the Met Station we got to talking to a guy with some serious binoculars and a camera. Turned out he was an ornithologist looking for a certain subspecies of Olive Ibis, reportedly living in the the highest forests of Mount Kenya. He'd been looking for 15 years. "What does it look like?" we asked. "Green, about so big, long curved bill". We looked at him, looked at the tree behind him and looked at him again. "What, like that?" we said pointing at the tree behind him. You never did see someone closer to a heart attack than that man trying to get his camera sorted. Biggest smiles you ever did see afterwards.
If you are on facebook, this is an excellent submission which should go on the group 'Crap wildlife photography'
Haven't you got an App for that?
My mate can point his phone at a fungal protuberance and it tells him what it is.