Snowy Egret Egretta thula
IUCN Red list status: Least concern
Experiences with species

Snowy Egrets are the common egrets in Peru. I have seen loads of them there, photographed them, even got one of my photos in the Roberts app. I was deep in concentration doing costings, getting out quotes and lashing suppliers for messing us around, when a Whatsapp conversation started up, ping-ping-ping-ping.... What? I gathered from the posts that young Dom had found a rare egret, and in Cape Town. Next thing I am on a "conference call" to Allan and Kerry - should we go tomorrow? We'd done that before and come off second best - we could get the 13h55 to Cape Town TODAY, be on site just after 16h30, and return that evening, or worst case, stay overnight if we didn't get the bird then. With little more thought we had booked one way tickets, planned to Uber it to the site - got on site by 16h30, had the bird IN THE BAG by 16h40. I even got a few record shots to show for it. As it got dark we settled down at the Slug and Lettuce to celebrate with a few ice cold pints - Dom graced us with his presence too. 2nd ever Snowy Egret in Southern Africa, happy times! (and it's "just" an egret....)

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Ranges: Resident Breeding Non-breeding Migratory Uncertain

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