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Bird Great Egret (Ardea alba)

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Henry Arthur Readford
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Common Name: Great Egret

Scientific name: Ardea alba

Family: Ardeidae

Order: Ciconiiformes

Other Names: N/A

Distribution: Common throught Australia except for arid areas

Habitat: Shallow water, particularly when flowing, but may be seen on any watered area, including damp grasslands.

Field Notes: overall plumage is white, and, for most of the year, when not breeding, the bill and facial skin are yellow. The feet are dark olive-grey or sooty black, as are the legs. Breeding season, the bill turns mainly black and the facial skin becomes green. Also at this time, long hair-like feathers (nuptial plumes) hang across the lower back, and the legs become pinkish-yellow at the top.

Photo By Auscraft, 2011. My Yard, QLD

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Great shots
Pic 3 and 4 do you know if they are starting or at end of breeding season. Don't worry if you can't answer it is great to see the extra plumage.
 

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Thanks!

They were losing there breeding plumage - those photos were taken in late December.
 
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