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Pacific Reef Egret Egretta sacra sacra   - Taking off
Pacific Reef Egret
Photographer : © Joseph Morlan
Location :Choshi Outer Port, Chiba Prefecture, Honshu, Japan
Date : 10 February 2019
English synonyms:Pacific Reef-Egret, Eastern Reef-heron, Eastern Reef-egret, Pacific Reef-heron, Eastern Reef Egret, Eastern Reef Heron, Pacific Reef Heron, Reef Egret, Reef Heron, Blue Heron, White Heron, Sacred Heron, White Reef-heron, White Reef Heron
Bird Family :Ardeidae - Egrets, Herons & Bitterns
Bird Group :CICONIIFORMES
Red Data Status :Least Concern
Remarks :On our visit we only saw dark morph birds fishing from a concrete seawall. They foraged like a kingfisher, flying out over the water, grabbing fish from the water's surface with their bill and returning to the wall. Such aerial feeding was noted by Hancock & Kushlan (1984) and Marchant & Higgins mention that they may "hover while stabbing at water from air." - JM
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