Little egrets | BPW #48

Bottom of the sea
The bottom of the sea

We camped at the Dunes of St Marguerite, an area between the L’Aber Benoit and l’Aber Wrac’h in Finistère. Finistère or Penn-ar-Bed in Breton is a département of France, located in Brittany (Breizh in Breton and Bretagne in French). Brittany has the highest tides in Europe. The sea advances and retreats twice a day. When the moon is above the sea, it attracts the water towards it, the sea level rises and the tide comes in. Six hours later, the moon is no longer above the sea and the tide goes out.

At low tide the little egrets would come to forage, either on the shore like the Little Fisherman, or in the shallow pools as you can see here. They would stay for hours, feeding on little fish and crustaceans.
Little egret

I managed to get a little closer and take a few photo’s with my 100 – 400 lens. It was blowing quite hard though and I was having trouble keeping it still, as you can see here. (The tripod was back at the tent, where it lay gathering dust – as always)

Little egret

This one turned out nice and sharp. Dinner for two.

Little egret III

Yellow feet

Feathers ruffled in the wind.

Blowing away

Check

for more cool bird pix around the world

15 comments

  1. Lovely birds and really great photos. The second photo with the spread wings is particularly good. I am intrigued with your mention of the yellow feet – the bird we call Little Egret out here in Australia has black legs and feet.

    Like

  2. Those are beautiful.Thta's a species I haven't seen here in Hungary yet.But they currently are all pretty lazy anyway, thanks to the heat.The second last shot is my Fav. So majestic :)!

    Like

  3. Your Little Egrets are a bit like our Snowy Egrets. We always say they have golden slippers! Beautiful photos. I love the snap where they both are in the same fishing posture.

    Like

  4. I just found pics in my archive yesterday from a lake nearby in 2006.Guess what I saw there then and where I will go this year, that time (if I'm still in HUngary)?:DThanks for making me look :D!

    Like

  5. If I can find one decent one I might.They were shot full zoom with my tiny Casio and telephoto lens ;)I will try to backtrack all the birdies I saw in the various countries and start a Life list with that 🙂

    Like

  6. I love the shot of the Little Egret flying in and the “dinner for two” is very romantic Gwen. Are these little guys related to our Snowy Egrets? Your captures make me want to go to the beach and cool off. Temperatures over 100 degrees Fahrenheit here in California for weeks.

    Like

  7. The large tidal fluctuation certainly gives the shore birds a large feeding area and pools during low tide. Dinner For Two is my favorite too.

    Like

  8. There are very similar. My BWPi guide says: “Snowy Egret E. thula, American counterpart of E. garzetta; non-breeding birds difficult to distinguish but E. g. garzetta has greenish-grey lores whereas same soft parts in E. thula are bright yellow (Hancock and Kushlan 1984). Breeding E. thula has more developed head plumes than E. g. garzetta and also longer and noticeably recurved back plumes (Hancock and Kushlan 1984).”The Little Egrets are finding their way to the Americas, they breed in the Caribbean and have been seen in Canada too. Quite the explorers these birds! They are originally from wetlands in the warm temperate parts of Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia but they are breeding up north (Europe) now here too.

    Like

Comments are closed.