When The Tide Goes Out

Little Egret Egretta garzetta

When the tide goes out to reveal shallow pools and masses of clumped seaweed it is time for the waders to come and feed.

Little Egret Egretta garzetta

This Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) does an odd little dance to agitate the water to stir up small fish and invertebrates on which it feeds.

Little Egret Egretta garzetta

Little Egret Egretta garzetta

Feel free to click the images to enlarge and click again to get even closer …


East Cowes, Isle of Wight. September 2019 Β© Pete Hillman.

24 thoughts on “When The Tide Goes Out

  1. This looked so much like our snowy egret, I had to explore a little. They are superficially similar, but different. This article doesn’t have the best photos, but the information’s interesting.

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    1. Very interesting article, thank you! None of the guide books I have here feauture the Snowy Egret as it is a very rare visitor. They do look quite similar.

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  2. What a lovely place to visit. I could sit for hours watching these beautiful birds. Thanks for sharing your great photos.

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  3. How fascinating to see this egret and compare to those I’ve seen in Ted and Ellen’s photos. It seems rather like a Snowy Egret complete with the bright yellow feet. Lovely photos Pete!

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    1. Thank you Liz! It is such a lovely bird, and a first time viewing for me. I can’t believe how many folks walked past not even noticing it!

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  4. Great shots, Pete. You’ve even managed to capture that light feathering on the egrets back in detail which is not easy. I’ve seen Silver Gulls down the beach at low tide doing that ‘stirring the sand’ with their feet motion.

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    1. Thank you Vicki! It was lovely to watch its shuffling feet in the water, and then seeing its beak go down to pluck something out. Its feathers are very beautiful, and I am amazed how white they manage to keep them!

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  5. Such a graceful bird, although I have seen egrets and herons make fools of themselves too. πŸ™‚ Nice that you got a shot of the feet which are probably key in identifying them.

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    1. Thank you Steve. Yes, it looked quite odd doings its shuffle, but I suppose I was would do a shuffle of sorts if I was hungry enough πŸ™‚

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