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Great White Egret

ardea alba

Description:

Fishing sequence of a Great White Egret, from catching the fish, to eating it whole, to drinking afterwards. 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.

Habitat:

Spotted at McKinnons Pond, Antigua. The Great White 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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1 Comment

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 5 years ago

fabulous series!

Stefania Romoff
Spotted by
Stefania Romoff

Antigua and Barbuda

Spotted on Jun 23, 2014
Submitted on Jan 19, 2015

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