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Great White Egret

Ardea alba


The great egret feeds in shallow water or drier habitats, feeding mainly on fish, frogs, small mammals, and occasionally small reptiles and insects, spearing them with its long, sharp bill most of the time by standing still and allowing the prey to come within its striking distance of its bill which it uses as a spear. It will often wait motionless for prey, or slowly stalk its victim.


Spotted at a lagoon in Antigua. The great egret is partially migratory, with northern hemisphere birds moving south from areas with colder winters. It breeds in colonies in trees close to large lakes with reed beds or other extensive wetlands. It builds a bulky stick nest.

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Stefania Romoff
Stefania Romoff 4 years ago

Thank you Sukanya. I'm not an expert on fish but I do believe it is indeed a tilapia.

SukanyaDatta 4 years ago

Such a crisp and clear shot! Is the fish a Tilapia? I think so.

Stefania Romoff
Stefania Romoff 4 years ago

Thank you Antonio! I'll make sure to look at those pages you suggested.

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Antigua and Barbuda

Lat: 17.14, Long: -61.85

Spotted on Jun 22, 2014
Submitted on Jan 11, 2015


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