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Egret, little

Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Mon Apr 14, 2008 10:25 am

The Little Egret, Egretta garzetta, has the most amazing yellow feet that can be seen very clearly in this shot. Its feet play an integral part in their hunting technique as the bright coloured toes are often used to lure prey within striking distance.

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This egret is a very active hunter, regarded as the liveliest hunter among herons and egrets and will use a wide variety of tactics to catch prey, its antics ranging from sneaking along with a very low profile to rushing about, pouncing on prey from a distance away. Often it will stand shock-still and wave one foot about either under the surface or over it to attract prey. The prey in their diet varying from fish, molluscs and worms to insects and even small mammals and birds. Little Egrets usually hunt alone.
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Unread post by Shidzidzii » Mon Apr 14, 2008 12:29 pm

In February at Shisha on the H1-7 (apart from about 3000 other raptors) i saw Little Egrets also helping themselves to Red Billed Quelea chicks so that's an example of a bird as prey item as mentioned by Johan .

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Re: Egret, little

Unread post by Scottm » Fri Jan 06, 2012 4:30 pm

Eastern Cape, December, 2011

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Unread post by Leeukos » Tue Jan 15, 2013 5:52 pm

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"A roaring lion kills no game."
"Until lions start writing down their own stories, the hunters will always be heroes."
"If you kill a tree, you are killing a bird."
“When the sun has set, no candle can replace it.”

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"A roaring lion kills no game."
"Until lions start writing down their own stories, the hunters will always be heroes."
"If you kill a tree, you are killing a bird."
“When the sun has set, no candle can replace it.”

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Re: Egret, little

Unread post by Leeukos » Tue Jan 15, 2013 5:53 pm

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"A roaring lion kills no game."
"Until lions start writing down their own stories, the hunters will always be heroes."
"If you kill a tree, you are killing a bird."
“When the sun has set, no candle can replace it.”

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Re: Egret, little

Unread post by Leeukos » Tue Jan 15, 2013 5:53 pm

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"A roaring lion kills no game."
"Until lions start writing down their own stories, the hunters will always be heroes."
"If you kill a tree, you are killing a bird."
“When the sun has set, no candle can replace it.”

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Re: Egret, little

Unread post by hilda » Wed Jan 16, 2013 7:54 am

Very interesting facts about the Little Egret, and beautiful pictures of this gorgeous bird by all of you who have posted! :clap: :clap:

Thanks for sharing! :thumbs_up:


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