|The bird became very focused when sizing up prey.|
|This bird is carrying erectile plumes on its back and breast, however its facial skin is yellow so it is not in breeding condition – the facial skin is pea green when in breeding condition.|
|If you look closely you will see the bird has caught a small fish.|
|The bird has moved slowly into this forward leaning pose, keeping its legs still to avoid spooking its prey, and is now about to strike.|
|Moments after the above photo I managed to capture another strike.|
The extended head and neck of the Intermediate Egret is about as long as its body. The Great Egret’s head and neck, when stretched out, is nearly one and a half times as long as its body. This long reach, due to long legs and necks, suits stealthy stalking whereas the shorter Little Egret actively dashes about as part of its hunting technique. While the three Egrets share a very similar body plan, each has adapted to a slightly different ecological niche.