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Bird Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)

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Common Name: Little Egret

Scientific Name: Egretta garzetta

Family: Ardeidae

Order: Ciconiiformes

Other Names: NA

Distribution: mainly in coastal and inland areas of northern, eastern and south-eastern Australia. It is common on the north, uncommon in the south, and only a winter visitor to Tasmania.

Habitat
: tidal mudflats, saltwater and freshwater wetlands, and mangroves.

Field Notes: small white egret with dark grey-black legs, black bill and a bright yellow naked face. Size: 56- 65 cm. Simalar spiecies include Cattle Egrets, Ardea ibis, Intermediate Egrets, A. intermedia, and the white form of the Eastern Reef Egret, Egretta sacra

Photo by Auscraft 2011, Brisbane, QLD


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nice post aus.

I know it.s not the same species but there's bulk cows, and cattle egrets around here. After seeing them grow up you get to know cows and bullocks by sight.

There's a pinky-white one that lives by mine (eats my grass more than the grumpy bugger that owns him) that's cute as a bug's chin and a few months back he left his Mum, found himself an egret.

I have no idea what happened, probably old age...but I drove by him this morning and his egret was dead. Not asleep...doornail, dead.

I slowed enough to see he was licking it, poking it like it was a calf... Poor bugger. He looked so concerned.

When I drove by about 6 hrs later (4pm) that young bullock was still sitting next to his egret. Not licking it, or poking it with a hoof. Just...sitting next to him.

Animals blow me away with their humanity, and humans do the same with their animosity. What a world.

Poor little dude, he was out at 9pm just sitting by that bird, still looking confused.
 

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nice post aus.

I know it.s not the same species but there's bulk cows, and cattle egrets around here. After seeing them grow up you get to know cows and bullocks by sight.

There's a pinky-white one that lives by mine (eats my grass more than the grumpy bugger that owns him) that's cute as a bug's chin and a few months back he left his Mum, found himself an egret.

I have no idea what happened, probably old age...but I drove by him this morning and his egret was dead. Not asleep...doornail, dead.

I slowed enough to see he was licking it, poking it like it was a calf... Poor bugger. He looked so concerned.

When I drove by about 6 hrs later (4pm) that young bullock was still sitting next to his egret. Not licking it, or poking it with a hoof. Just...sitting next to him.

Animals blow me away with their humanity, and humans do the same with their animosity. What a world.

Poor little dude, he was out at 9pm just sitting by that bird, still looking confused.

Interesting observation Q, and as for humanity and animosity, often misused terms ay?
 
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