A wild Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) was observed to take bread, drop it in a pond, wait for the fish to be attracted to the bread, strike at the fish, and successfully catch fish in this way (active bait-fishing). A Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) was observed, at the same site, to catch fish attracted to bread which had been thrown onto the water by humans (passive bait-fishing). Little Egrets and Grey Herons have not previously been recorded using bait for fishing.
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