Autumn delight as photographer captures Little Egrets at popular lake

Little egrets at Needham Lake

A large group of Little egrets, part of the heron family, were spotted at Needham Lake on Monday by a local amateur photographer - Credit: Julie Potter

A passionate amateur photographer from Suffolk has captured some stunning photographs of a large group of Little egrets at popular beauty spot, Needham Lake.

Julie Potter, 51, said she spotted more than a dozen of the white birds, that are part of the heron family, at the lake on Monday morning.

Little egrets at Needham Lake

Little egrets enjoying the sunshine at Needham Lake - photographer Julie Potter said she spotted more than 12 of the birds - Credit: Julie Potter

Miss Potter, who lives in nearby Stonham Parva, said: "We often see two or three Little egrets at the lake as well as two grey herons but this is the biggest group I have seen anywhere. 

"I was told they often spend the winter here and roost at Needham Lake."

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There is plenty of wildlife to be seen at Needham Lake in Needham Market - Credit: Julie Potter

According to the RSPB, Little Egrets were first spotted in the UK in 1989 but are now are a far more common sight in East Anglia. 

Miss Potter, who used to live in Essex, originally took up photography as a hobby to support her daughter's love of bird watching - the pair were regular visitors to RSPB Minsmere. 

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A Little egret at Needham Lake in Suffolk - Credit: Julie Potter

Her "huge passion for wildlife photography" was one of the key reasons Miss Potter moved to Suffolk. She said: "In lockdown it was a saving grace to be able to get down to the lake early and take some photographs."

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Miss Potter said that by sharing her pictures in local photography Facebook groups she hopes to show people "what a lovely place Needham Lake is". She is hoping to set up her own photography page soon. 

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A Little egret exploring Needham Lake - Credit: Julie Potter

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There is lots of wildlife to be spotted and photographed at Needham Lake - Credit: Julie Potter

Swans at Needham Lake

Beautiful swans - a popular sight at Needham Lake in Suffolk - Credit: Julie Potter


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