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Saturday, 1 January 2011

Frustrated Little Egrets

In addition to Cormorants, Egrets are common visitors in the Mai Po Nature Reserve too.  




The day the Cormorants enjoyed their feast was actually a disappointing day for the Egrets, especially the Little Egrets. Most of the fish offered were close to 1.0lb (0.45kg) in weight and were too heavy for the Little Egrets (0.35-0.55kg in weight) to pick up from the water.

They were flying over the water back and forth,


trying so desperately to pick up the fish on the surface .
 



Some of them even tried to stand on the water to find a smaller fish without success. It was very frustrating to watch.



Luckily, some of the Intermediate Egrets, which are a slightly bigger than the Little Egrets, 

managed to pick up some fish.


On the other hand, the Grey Herons, being much bigger and heavier (90-100cm tall, 1-2kg in weight) than the Little Egrets, were having as much fun as the Cormorants.




16 comments:

Ari said...

Fine series of photographs for fishing, a nice New Year there, and rewarding moments of photography.

Abraham Lincoln said...

I must say you did get some fascinating photographs of the egrets flying. Nice post.

Ayuwat Jearwattanakanok said...

Interesting photos and behaviours of the egrets! Happy new year to you too!

Eko said...

Hyvää Uutta Vuotta 2011...
Kiitos käynnistä *Ekon Jorina-blogissa*...
Tervesiä Joulu-Pukin-Maasta...!
Kuusamosta

Bob Bushell said...

The flying Little Egrets are brilliant. Happy new year to you.

Barty said...

Nice selection of 'action' images ! I have very fond memories of Mai Po - hope to get back there one day !

Happy New Year

Janny said...

Wow my compliment's
very very nice seri it's SUPER
Happy New Year
Greeting Janny

Dominic Gendron said...

Wow..thas quite a few egret! Love the flight shots ;) Have a great year !

Sam and Lisa said...

Hi HK. what a superb selection, I noticed how many followers you have, brilliant!! you have created a quality blog.Happy New Year to you and your family.

Chris said...

Superb ballet you witnessed. These pictures are very dynamic, well done. happy new year BTW...

JM said...

The flying bird shots are amazing! Happy 2011.

Life in Egypt said...

Some great shots in there hk,

Joseph Nichols said...

Hi HK,

This is a stunning blog. In every post you have made you beautifully describe the diverse and fascinating range of wildlife in Hong Kong. And what's more, you also have some top quality images to go with it. Superb, well done!

ATB,

Joseph

Mark Whittaker said...

Great pictures .. Look forward to following your blog

Friend of HK said...

Thank you very much for your kind comments.

Mike Attwood said...

Looked at your blog for the first time. Wonderful pics. Happy New Year to you.