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Little Egret (Egretta garzetta): hunting display and catching fish in the main lake at Singapore's Japanese Garden

The Little Egrets (Egretta garzetta), in the Japanese Garden, were more difficult to photograph than the Purple and Grey Herons. They do not take up a classical static stance when hunting, but flutter around over the water and in the water to stir up the mud, presumably to scare the fish. It would also fly short distances and then pounce on its prey, sometimes in less than a second or two. I could also be seen shading the water with its wings. The gallery opposite shows some birds' behaviour including eating a medium sized fish.

In the second gallery, the first four images, taken in less than a second, show the little egret thrusting its head into the water and grabbing a fish between its mandibles. The last four images cover an elapsed time of 12 seconds, the time taken for it to devour a relatively small fish.