Little Egret – More Foot Tapping

“Not content with my earlier attempt at taking video clips of the Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) foot-tapping behaviour with my compact camera, I decided to try documenting this with my DSLR instead.

“On the evening of 16th February 2011 (ca. 6:15 pm), the tide was receding along the Telok Kurau canal and I zoomed in on the solitary Little Egret, which was rather engrossed, even determined, to flush out fish with vigorous foot-tapping.

“While taking the video clip, it succeeded in striking and swallowing at least one tiny fish. I could not help but realise how much effort the Little Egret invested, just to obtain a mere morsel. Whereas we humans (in Singapore, at least) have an immense variety of food at our doorsteps, yet much still goes to waste each day.”

Dr Leong Tzi Ming
17th February 2011

  1. Gretchen

    The bird does seem determined, and really focused on one area for quite a while. I don’t know if that is their typical habit (to move so little), but it seems like I’m used to seeing them move around from one section to another more. Perhaps this bird had seen the fishes and knew they were there hiding, so was persisting in trying to catch them.

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