Re: Red legged White Faced Heron

Subject: Re: Red legged White Faced Heron
From: Vin Lam <>
Date: Tue, 24 Aug 2004 10:20:57 +1000
On Tue, Aug 24, 2004 at 10:02:44AM +1000,  wrote:
> Theory 1: For a very short period at the beginning of breeding season, 
> individuals, perhaps only males or only females, develop these more 
> reddish legs.  Perhaps this phase only lasts for a few hours to a day.
> ** I think the most likely situation.
> Theory 2: Both birds were found along the ocean, so this may be some 
> reaction to the beach environment.


I saw (and photographed) a White faced Heron last night 
in Templestowe in melbourne with pink legs, and that 
is a fair way from the sea. Okay, it wasn't breed-flushed 
red like in the inter-egrets, but it wasn't the standard 
yellow either. It was making a lot of fuss, honking about,
10m up in a riverside tree. (Could this be something to 
do with courtship? I usually only hear this WFHerons call 
as much as this one did). 


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