Saturday, 14 July 2012

Egrets - I had a few

Little Egrets are taken for granted in the South-East these days, a far cry from their status in the not-so-distant past - it was an official rarity in Britain until as recently as 1991. Although common now at Rainham it is harder to find in spring and early summer, when many birds presumably return to colonies to breed. By mid-July this process must be concluding, as evidenced by at least eight birds back on the reserve today (an increase on the last couple of weeks). I filmed this bird as a test for the movie mode on my Canon 7D - note how it stirs up the mud and water with its left foot, than succeeds in catching a prey item.

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