Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)
The Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) is a small white heron. It is the Old World counterpart to the very similar New World Snowy Egret.
The Little Egret is a small white heron. The adult Little Egret is 55-65 cm long with a 88-106 cm wingspan. Its plumage is all white. It has long black legs with yellow feet and a slim black bill. In the breeding season, the adult has two long nape plumes and red between the bill and eyes. The Little Egret is generally seen singly or in small loose groups.
Little Egrets are the liveliest hunters among herons and egrets, with a wide variety of techniques. They may patiently stalk prey in shallow waters. Or stand on one leg and stir the mud with the other to scare up prey. Or better yet, stand on one leg and wave the other bright yellow foot over the water surface to lure aquatic prey into range.
Here is a few photos I took of one stalking it’s prey…. and another standing looking on….
Very cool shots! I like how you captured the reflections also!
They did come out well and the bird is so still one captures a great reflection…
Wow bulldog, very stunning group of shots here, number three really gets me with the visual flow, curves and reflection, very nice work!
Thank you kind Lady… I’m glad you enjoyed…
OK, I’m writing something 😉
I know very little about SA birds, but the pictures are beautiful. xx
Thank you so much… and thank you for the comment…so kind of you.. 🙂
You’re welcome 😉
WOW! What a beautiful set… I loved them all dear Rob, Thank you, love, nia
Fantastic photo’s. Look at the reflection. Stunning!
Thank you I did enjoy the still water for that very reason…
Che grande pazienza hai, però ne vale la pena, i risultati sono sempre bellissimi
Thank you so much… there is nothing nicer than sitting quietly awaiting for the birds to do their thing…
Grazie mille … non c’è niente di più bello che sedersi in silenzio in attesa per gli uccelli a fare le loro cose …
Lovely shots bulldog. That beak looks a little dangerous.
Thank you… to each there is an advantage… I think his is his beak..
Such a majestic bird! Lovely pics 😀
Thank you they are very majestic specially in their hunting techniques…
Gorgeous photos of this beautiful bird. We have snowy egrets here at our lake. I love that third pic the best. Stunning. 🙂
They seem to be all over the world… I did not know that till I did a little research to discover they are pretty well every where.. some times with a different name…
I love Tania 018 and the last two – the reflection in the water is awesome!
Thank you… I thought these were quite special… and having watched it’s interaction with the heron it then settled down to fish for food alone… so still and steady..