Great egret flying

The great egret has a slow flight, with its neck retracted. This is characteristic of herons and bitterns, and distinguishes them from storks, cranes, ibises, and spoonbills, which extend their necks in flight.
The great egret walks with its neck extended and wings held close. Its neck is longer than its body.

(en) Great egret
(sc) Ardea alba
(nl) Grote zilverreiger
(af) Grootwitreier