Birds of Hong Kong
White Egret from Mui Wo
Great egrets are found near watersalt or freshand feed in wetlandsstreamspondstidal flatsand other areas. They snare prey by walking slowly or standing still for long periodswaiting for an animal to come within range of their long necks and bladelike bills. The deathblow is delivered with a quick thrust of the sharp billand the prey is swallowed whole. Fish are a dietary staplebut great egrets use similar techniques to eat amphibiansreptilesmiceand other small animals.