Tuesday, 11 February 2020

Wild Bird Wednesday 395 - Little Egret

The Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) is a small - about 60 cm - egret which is found over much of Australia, except the dry interior and west.

It is described in 'the' guide book as being very active, and this bird had clearly read the book!  It was dashing about all over a shallow part of Lake Victoria at Point Lonsdale, which is a couple of hours from my house.  It's frenetic pace, and the afternoon heat haze were a bit of a challenge.  I think it was feeding on some form of shrimp or other invertebrate as I was never really able to see what it was catching, even when I shifted from photo to watching mode.

I like the way you can see the two ribbon-like head plumes, which help in identifying this species.








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18 comments:

Lady Fi said...

No r-egrets! These shots are fabulous.

Nathalie SANTA MARIA said...

In breeding plumage this egret is very pretty. Beautiful images Stewart.
Cheers

David M. Gascoigne, said...

Sometimes it pays to switch from camera mode to observation mode! Remember the days when most of us didn't even have cameras?

Brian King said...

Beautiful photos! Love the reflections!

italiafinlandia said...

Very beautiful sequence...and bird!
All the best.

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
The simplicity of the bird and the setting bring elegance! YAM xx

Marie Smith said...

Perfect, especially with the reflection.

Margaret Birding For Pleasure said...

Well captured int he act of fishing Stewart. Thanks for hosting and have a great week.

Sharon Wagner said...

I love white egrets. Grace in white.

Shiju Sugunan said...

Lovely action shots!

Rohrerbot said...

This is a fun egret to watch in the wild. Similar to our Snowy Egret, but quite different in fishing techniques. Almost has a Reddish Egret behavior sometimes with that floppy 2 plume puppet look. It's hard not to laugh. Great shots!

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

Very graceful bird. I wonder if it has "golden slippers" as does our Snowy Egret.

Lea said...

Beautiful!
Hope you are having a good week!

Richard Pegler said...

Super action shots of the Little Egret, Stewart. I hadn't realised that this species was so wide spread. There was a time when this was a bit uncommon in UK, but now they're everywhere! Obviously a very successful species.

Bes wishes from UK where we're now enjoying a fairly cold, but very windy, spell.

Cloudia said...

Fine series, Stewart. Thanks for hosting.

Rhodesia said...

Lovely photos well done. I love egrets. Cheers Diane

Linda said...

Nice hat! But seriously, these are beautiful photos.

carolinesnatuurfotografie said...

Beautiful photos of this little egret Stewart. Have a nice sunday. Greetings Caroline