Great Egret in suburbia

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Subject: Great Egret in suburbia
From: Bill Stent <>
Date: Thu, 4 Jul 2013 09:59:37 +1000
Following the heavy rain in Melbourne at the start of June, a Great
Egret spent a few days "weeding" a public sports oval at Hays Paddock
in Kew East.  For some of the time it was accompanied by a White Faced
Heron. They'd get chased away occasionally by dogs (it's an off-leash
park) but consistently came back, which shows there must have been
good pickings there.


On Thu, Jul 4, 2013 at 9:32 AM, Mike Carter <> wrote:
> Back in the 1960s in Victoria, Great Egrets were regular visitors to at
> least urban if not suburban gardens. I then lived in Frankston in a street
> with houses that backed on to a creek. A Great Egret systematically robbed
> every garden pond of its gold fish so wire cages were installed over them to
> protect the fish. The bird would sit on the front fences adjacent the
> pavement and would freeze rather than fly when people passed within a metre.
> I was intrigued by the number of people that walked by apparently without
> noticing it.
> Mike Carter
> 30 Canadian Bay Road
> Mount Eliza  VIC 3930
> Tel  (03) 9787 7136

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