the little egret

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This Little Egret was catching small fish caught in a shallow pond on the mudflats as the tide fell around Narrabeen Lagoon in Sydney. They are small white herons of about 56 cm with black legs and a black bill with yellow face. This one had some long plumes on the back, head and breast that indicate it was ready for breeding. They walk with a high-stepping daintiness and then run jerkily when chasing the fish and this little fellow was getting quite a feed.


4 thoughts on “the little egret

    cindy knoke said:
    November 29, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    A Great Blue Heron adopted us. I was walking by our glass front door, and saw something out of the corner of my eye. My brain in a nano-second registered, “dinosaur.” I did a double take. It was this huge heron. Why it came here I don’t know. But it hung around for days eating lizards. I was worried because it had no water and wouldn’t/couldn’t drink the water I tried to give it. The roadrunners were massively intimidated. They are like little dinosaurs too, and all of a sudden their big bad cousin was here eating their lizards!
    Eventually, I had animal rescue come and retrieve it, treat it, and relocate it. The roadrunners came out of hiding to watch the capture. They were fascinated! It was dramatic. This is a big bird with a big beak!
    Turns out it was mildy poisoned, dehydrated and disoriented. A vet treated it and it was returned to the wetlands. But he was ours for brief while! Very big up close!!!
    Great photos you get of happy birds in the wild. Love them all, birds and photos!

      margosnotebook responded:
      December 2, 2012 at 4:35 pm

      How interesting.. did it eat some type of bait left out for another animal i wonder or eat something affected by pesticides… have googled and they are beautiful birds, so great you cared to keep an eye on it and animal rescue could help return it to the wild. Some instinct took it to your place to find help! I haven’t been out and about very much lately as have a lot on but I just heard the black cockatoos reeling overhead .. it is near sunset here.. and I thought … must get back out there! Cheers Margo

    cindy knoke said:
    November 29, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    Another get photo!

      margosnotebook responded:
      December 2, 2012 at 4:31 pm

      thanks! it was having a lovely time

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