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Great Egret Ardea alba   - Feeding behaviour
Great Egret
Photographer : © Aurijit Kar Bhowmik
Location :Keoladeo NP, Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India
Date : 28 December 2012
English synonyms:Greater Egret, Large Egret, White Heron, Large Heron, Eastern Great Egret (modesta), Eastern Large Egret (modestus), White Egret, Common Egret, Great White Egret, Great White Heron, Western Great Egret, Angel Bird, Big Plume Bird, Long White, Plume Bird, White Crane
Bird Family :Ardeidae - Egrets, Herons & Bitterns
Red Data Status :Least Concern
Remarks :I saw a Southern Grey Shrike Lanius meridionalis flying over the water level after leaving a bush nearby. The egret was standing on the bank. The egret just stretched its neck and caught the shrike tight in its beak. But the egret could not manage to kill the shrike that way and so it applied a continuous drowning and lifting method. Ultimately, the egret successfully killed the shrike this way and swallowed it whole. - AKB