Great Egret – Stalking and Striking

on 17th June 2019
Great Egret

“Of all the migratory white egrets that visit our wetlands, the Great Egret (Ardea alba) is most striking, in more ways than one. With its towering figure and kinky neck, it certainly stands out from the crowd (above).

Great Egret

“A great deal of time is spent stalking for prey, but if a potential target is spotted, it would strike (above, below).

Great Egret

“While not every strike is successful, I always rejoice with the egret whenever a prey is captured. In this case, succulent prawns seemed to be on the menu that afternoon (below).

Great Egret
Great Egret

“Video clips of this sleek white knight in thigh-deep water may be previewed here:”

Dr. Leong Tzi Ming
13th June 2019

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YC Wee

Dr Wee played a significant role as a green advocate in Singapore through his extensive involvement in various organizations and committees: as Secretary and Chairman for the Malayan Nature Society (Singapore Branch), and with the Nature Society (Singapore) as founding President (1978-1995). He has also served in the Nature Reserve Board (1987-1989), Nature Reserves Committee (1990-1996), National Council on the Environment/Singapore Environment Council (1992-1996), Work-Group on Nature Conservation (1992) and Inter-Varsity Council on the Environment (1995-1997). He is Patron of the Singapore Gardening Society and was appointed Honorary Museum Associate of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) in 2012. In 2005, Dr Wee started the Bird Ecology Study Group. With more than 6,000 entries, the website has become a valuable resource consulted by students, birdwatchers and researchers locally and internationally. The views and opinions expressed in this article are his own, and do not represent those of LKCNHM, the National University of Singapore or its affiliated institutions.

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