Little Egret with yellow legs and feet

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Subject: Little Egret with yellow legs and feet
From: Chris Brandis <>
Date: Fri, 21 Mar 2008 09:38:09 +1100
The legs remind me of the juvenile Central American Snowy Egret, E thula, which has yellow up the back of the legs and bright yellow feet and the Little Egret of asian with variable amounts of yellow up the leg and bright yellow feet. What is "immaculata" ? as C&B still has it as E garzetta and just plain Little Egret in Aus. and asia.
Cheers  Chris

Nikolas Haass wrote:

Jeff, Mike, Mick,

No, short blunt ornamental feathers occur in juvenile Little Egrets - thus, they don't 
rule out a juvenile. On the other side, this is not important since Mick didn't see 
ornamental feathers on "his bird" anyway.

I still think this bird does not really look bad for a juvenile Little Egret - 
even of the Australian ssp. immaculata - as I said in the earlier mail.

My comment about the Stanpit bird, which has a similar colour pattern of the bare parts, was more ment to make fun of myself.

Nikolas Haass

Sydney, NSW


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