In 2017, a pair of Great White Egrets Ardea alba nested at Holkham NNR, the first to breed successfully in Norfolk. One unusual aspect of feeding behaviour by adults at the nest was noted on several occasions and is described here.

At 05.30 hrs on 18th May (four days after the first chick hatched), an adult that had been brooding stood up and started to pick up and swallow (unidentified)


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