Re: [birdswa] Egret food

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Subject: Re: [birdswa] Egret food
From: "Frank O'Connor" <>
Date: Sat, 04 Sep 2004 22:35:15 +0800
At 02:17 PM 4/09/2004, Gemfyre wrote:
Yesterday at Herdsman Lake I observed a Great Egret stalk through the long grass, pounce and emerge with a skink about 20cm long.  It ate it and continued to hunt.  It caught 3 lizards while I watched it and possibly caught more after I left.
My question is actually about the lizard.  Anyone have any idea what species it might have been?

It might be a Mourning Skink (Egernia luctuosa) also known as Western Glossy Swamp Skink.  It is reported as being locally common at Herdsman Lake.

Frank O'Connor           Birding WA
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