Luck was on my side last weekend. I'd seen that a Great Egret had been reported just a few miles down the road at Redesmere. I actually forgot about it on Saturday, until it was dark. So I made a concerted effort to get along there on Sunday morning. I wasn't disappointed. As I parked the car it flew right in front of me and landed just metres away on the edge of the mere.
I got the camera out of the boot and was able to get to a decent position to watch and photograph.
I spotted a second further away, and it wasn't long before this too flew towards me and gave good views as it flew almost overhead.
With a Black-headed Gull in the foreground for size comparison.
This was the second bird that kindly gave a nice fly pass.
The first bird gave good prolonged views while preening.
I was delighted to get my first decent shots of this rare visitor to my part of the world.