Little Egret Egretta garzetta (Fr. Aigrette garzette) is a small white heron that feeds in shallow water or on land. They can be found in Africa, Asia, Australia and Europe, nesting in colonies in trees, often with other heron species. Now the species has recovered from the depredations of the plume trade, when millions of birds were killed every year, they are once again breeding in France.
The Brouage Marshes are perfect habitat for Little Egrets, who like open areas of swamp with ditches, especially where there are large grazing animals such as domestic cattle. They stalk their prey by slowly walking through the water or grass. They mostly eat fish, but anything that comes their way will be attempted -- amphibians, crustaceans, insects disturbed by the cattle, molluscs, small mammals and worms.
|Heronry on the Ile d'Oléron, where Little Egrets and Grey Herons were nesting together.|
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