Egrets are basically types of Heron and the distinction between Egret and Heron is often blurred.

Little Egret

There is the Great White Egret, Ardea alba, similar in size to the Grey Heron but white with yellow beak and black feet. Unlike the Grey Heron they catch fish by skewering them with the sharp, pointed beak.

The Little Egret, Egretta garzetta, is a smaller, white Heron with a black beak, black legs and yellow feet.

Little Egret Little Egret, head

The Cattle Egret, Bubulcus ibis, is slightly smaller than the Little Egret and rather than fish, it feeds on insects and worms, often from the hooves of the animals upon which they usually sit.

Egret, Nerja Egrets, Nerja

Great Egret

The Great Egret, Ardea alba, is a large member of the Heron family and is found in most tropical and warm temperate areas all over the world. It is also variously known as the Common Egret, Large Egret or Great White Heron.

Great Egret

It has all white plumage, stands about one metre high and has a wingspan of up to 170 centimetres.

Males and females are almost identical.

Great Egret

The fairly long bill is orange during the non-breeding season and darker during the breeding season.

The Great Egret catches its food by spearing it with its long, pointed bill and feeds on fish, frogs, small mammals and the occasional small reptiles or insects.

Great Egret

In flight, Egrets scrunch up their necks which makes it a bit easier to distinguish them from storks, cranes, ibises, and spoonbills, all of which extend their necks when flying.

Order: Pelecaniformes
Family: Ardeidae
Genus: Ardea
Species: A. alba

Egyptian Goose

The Egyptian Goose, Alopochen aegyptiacus, is a member of the family Anatidae and is in the shelduck subfamily Tadorninae. It is pale brown and grey with very distinctive dark brown eye-patches and has white wing patches in flight.

Egyptian Goose

It was originally introduced from the Nile valley into many areas as an ornamental wildfowl species. Naturally, many escaped into the wild and subsequently bred in large numbers. These large feral populations are considered a pest in many countries.

The Egyptian Goose mainly eats seeds, leaves, grasses, and plant stems but will also occasionally feast on locusts, worms or other small animals.

Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Subfamily: Tadorninae
Genus: Alopochen
Species: A. aegyptiacus

Exclamatory Paradise Whydah

The Exclamatory Paradise Whydah, Vidua interjecta, is a species of bird in the Viduidae family, which also includes the Indigo birds. And like other Indigo birds, it is a brood parasite and lays its eggs in the nests of other birds. Unlike the Cuckoo, however, it does not destroy the eggs in the host nest.

Exclamatory Paradise Whydah

This is the female of the species. The breeding male is quite a colourful bird with an absolutely huge tail which quadruples its length.

Exclamatory Paradise Whydah

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Viduidae
Genus: Vidua
Species: V. interjecta