Great Egret in suburbia

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Subject: Great Egret in suburbia
From: "Jenny Madeline" <>
Date: Thu, 4 Jul 2013 13:32:52 +1000
Just a couple more reports of Great Egret in southern Sydney.  During the
past week or so I have twice seen a Great Egret in the vicinity of Kirrawee
railway station.   About a week ago (sorry, not sure of the date) one was
seen on the nature strip at the very busy intersection of President Avenue
and Oak Road.  Then, three days later, a Great Egret flew over the parking
area at Kirrawee station.  This Egret was quite possibly the same bird seen
on the side of the Princes Highway, near Oak Road, Kirrawee, and also the
one reported later at Gymea.  Both my sightings were within 200m of the old
brick pit wetland area on the corner of the Princes Highway and Oak Road,
Kirrawee that was mentioned in one of the Birdline NSW reports.

Jenny Madeline


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Date: Thu, 4 Jul 2013 08:13:41 +1000

From: "Greg and Val Clancy" <>

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Subject: Great Egret in suburbia

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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 neighbours 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

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