Lena Chow videoed a Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) foraging in shallow water recently. According to Lena, “Little Egret in a stirring dance performance, complete with dancing boots, enjoying dim sum – a little bit of everything, a lot of prawns…”
As the bird moved from one point to another, it used one of its feet to stir the water (above left). As the marine animals hiding in the mud got disturbed from their hiding place, it lunged at them with its long, sharp bill. At one point where there was a large piece of debris in the water (piece of flat wood/stone?), the egret used its foot to shake it (above right).
Where marine organisms were swimming around openly, the egret simply caught them by scampering here and there.