Little egrets like to hunt under water. They creep along the edge of the water and suddenly attack small animals hiding in the mud by shuffling their legs. Some people say that the egrets lure the small fish by wiggling their very yellow toes. Little egrets used to be a rarity in the Netherlands. There were many in the 17th century but were exterminated or fled from the cold during the lesser glacial period. It took till 1999 for the first nest to succeed in the Netherlands. The birds probably profit now from climate change. These southern birds feel very much at home thanks to the warmer weather.
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