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Little Egret

Little Egret (Image ID 39497)
Photographed byJim Schultz on Sat 7th Mar, 2020 and uploaded on same date.
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ID39497
CommentThe Little Egret is widespread in Australia, avoiding only the driest interior. Hunting hectically at length in shallow water, chasing invertebrates, small fish, tadpoles and frogs. When foraging it may also stand in low water and shuffle its feet to stir up prey or use the stalking method like that of other egrets. If stalking it will stand frozen in water or on the ground, waiting for prey to make a movement, following which it will try to stab the food. The Little Egret is encountered at all major lakes in the Perth Metro Area, and is also present around rivers, estuaries, drains, marshland and lagoons; in fact it is very versatile in its choice of habitat and will feed on mudflats, in flooded fields and, surprisingly, glean ticks of cattle, too. The species is gregarious and breeds in colonies, customarily with other water birds; likewise it often forages in loose flocks. But if food is scarce, it’s not that tolerant of competition. Bibra Lake; GPS. Status (2014): Least Concern
EquipmentNB: This image is resized from 778X1038px. Olympus OM-D E-M1X camera body with Olympus 300mm f4 IS Pro ED M.Zuiko lens + Olympus MC-14 Teleconverter. Velbon Neo Charmagne Carbon Tripod with Manfrotto Ball Head Art 498RC2. Camera settings: Exposure Program/Shooting Mode: ‘Manual’; shutter speed 1/1250 sec, f7.1 & ISO-400. Metering Mode: ‘Spot’; Focus Mode: C-AF and DRIVE: Sequential shooting ‘2frame’ (maximum burst habitually set to 12 to prevent filling up the buffer). Image Stabilizer on (S-SIS AUTO) Olympus Workspace & FastStone for viewing and sorting; Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw/CC 2020 for post-processing; Topaz Pro plug-ins Sharpen AI, DeNoise AI & Studio for sharpening and noise control. ‘Australian Bird Guide 2019’ for supplementary data and colour checks.
LocationBibra Lake; GPS, Western Australia
Keywordsfeeding/with prey, adult, breeding plumage/features
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