Thursday, June 29, 2006

Egret fishing

FishingThis Little Egret is a regular, and somewhat favourite, visitor to the mud alongside Lady Jane as the tide is going out.

It is pretty shy, and tends to fly away at slightest distubance anywhere near it.

I see that the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) lists the little egret on it's amber list as a 'rare breeding species' (50 pairs in the UK).

Watching it fish is an entrancing experience, as it stands perfectly still, waiting, then dashes forward and, almost delicately, jabs at a fish.

The slightly bigger fish take a bit of jiggling around in it's skinny beak, so they can be swallowed head first.

It almost never misses when it strikes for a fish, a track record the human fishermen on the creek would be envious of.

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