LITTLE EGRET DEFAECATION

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“On the morning of 8th January 2014, a solitary Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) was patrolling the shallow waters of Siglap Canal, intent on finding fish to satisfy its hunger (above).

“Periodically, the egret would have to answer nature’s call, but deliberately moved away from the flowing waters before excusing itself. During defaecation, it would adopt a half-squat posture and elevate its belly feathers before squirting out a jet of milky paste (above).

“After easing itself, the egret resumed its fishing efforts and often succeeded in striking small fish prey (above, below).”

Dr. Leong Tzi Ming
Singapore
16th January 2014

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