Great Egret in suburbia

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Subject: Great Egret in suburbia
From: "Greg and Val Clancy" <>
Date: Thu, 4 Jul 2013 08:13:41 +1000
There have been a few records recently on Birdline NSW of an Eastern Great 
Egret being observed along busy roadsides and in suburban front yards in 
southern Sydney.  While White-faced Herons are well known to visit suburban 
yards it would appear to quite unusual for Great Egrets to be doing so.  A few 
months back our next door neighbour asked whether I had seen the egret that had 
been visiting the grassy roadside out the front of his place.  I asked whether 
he meant a White-faced Heron and he replied that it was an egret, a white bird. 
 I thought maybe a Cattle Egret might be the suspect but a short time later I 
was watching and photographing an Eastern Great Egret foraging in our backyard. 
 It should be noted that our backyard is heavily vegetated and would appear to 
provide very limited habitat for such a large waterbird.  It has been a regular 
visitor to the yard and casually walks to the side fence takes a few flaps of 
the wings onto the dividing fence and then drops into our neighbour’s yard.  
Our neighbours like birds, luckily, so it is a most welcome visitor.  

Dr Greg. P. Clancy
Ecologist and Birding-wildlife Guide
| PO Box 63 Coutts Crossing NSW 2460
| 02 6649 3153  | 0429 601 960


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