LITTLE EGRET FISHING TACTICS

“In March 2015, I was enthralled by the diversity of fishing strategies employed by a Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) while it foraged along a canal during the low tide (below).

Tactic #1: Statue Pose
“When the egret has found a suitable spot or target zone, it will stay as still as a statue with unwavering concentration (below). If any aquatic prey were to make the slightest movement, it would strike with lightning speed.

“A video clip demonstrating its patience and perseverance may be previewed here:

Tactic #2: Foot Stirring
“In shallower waters, the egret uses either foot to stir under stones and submerged leaves, in order to flush out fish or shrimp that may be taking cover (below).

“Video clips of this tap-dancing technique may be previewed here:

Tactic #3: Wing Flashing
“The most pro-active method involves the prominent flashing of the egret’s wings as it chases after small schools of fish (below). This startles the fish, which may be herded into shallower waters for easier strikes.

“A video clip of this graceful water ballet may be previewed here:”

Dr. Leong Tzi Ming
Singapore
30th August 2015

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