I was watching this Little Egret for ages as it walked about a shallow area in the lake. All of a sudden it got spooked and off it went. The little egret Egretta garzetta is a small white heron with attractive white plumes on crest, back and chest, black legs and bill and yellow feet. It 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. Little egret feathers were once very popular for decorating hats.