Western Reef Heron
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[Wiki]The Western Reef Heron, Egretta gularis, also known as the Western Reef Egret, is a medium-sized heron. It occurs mainly on the coasts in tropical west Africa, the Red Sea, the Persian Gulf and east to India. It has been recorded as a vagrant in the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, an Australian territory in the eastern Indian Ocean.
The Western Reef Heron's breeding habitat is coastal wetlands. They nest in colonies, often with other wading birds, usually on platforms of sticks in trees or shrubs. The normal clutch is two or three eggs (although Ahmed Al Ali from UAE recorded a 4 eggs).
This bird has two plumage colour forms. There is an all-white morph and a dark grey morph; intermediate morphs also occur. The white morph is similar in general appearance to the Little Egret, but has a thicker bill, duller legs, and a less elegant appearance. The grey morph is unlikely to be confused with any other species within the range of this egret.
These birds stalk their prey in shallow water, often running or shuffling their feet; they may also stand still and wait to ambush prey. They eat fish, crustaceans, and molluscs.
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Excellent shot, taken at moment of impact.
An example of nature in action, I like the way the water drops are frozen, I agree with National Geographic, great shot!
amazing capture, TFS Ori
- [2010-11-27 5:51]
What a special shot..amazing, we can see the feet of the bird through the water. Wonderful play of shadow and light..and you caught a decisive moment!
- gasson (126)
- [2011-04-18 6:58]
An extraordinary shot Anees, full of interest. The subtlety of the colours and the light adding to the impact of the moment caught.