Cattle Egret migration

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Subject: Cattle Egret migration
From: "rhj44" <>
Date: Thu, 31 Mar 2005 22:39:18 +1000
I saw a large number of white birds which I presumed to be (Cattle?) Egrets on a marshy bank in Durras Lake on Good Friday, but I wasn't close enough to get an accurate ID or count.  As I watched another 20 or so birds flew in to join them.  It there's a migration going on I guess its a fair bet they were Cattle Egrets.
Still on Cattle Egrets, I recall seeing at dusk on an evening at North Durras about 2 yrs ago approx 30 Cattle Egrets in breeding plumage perched at the top of a dead gum tree in the midst of a cold howling southerly - they could not have chosen a more exposed, forlorn or desolate place to roost.  
Also observed at Durras over Easter a pair of WB Sea Eagles in aerial displays - one bird diving steeply on the other which rolled backwards and presented talons, a brief touch before they separated and repeated the process.  This happened several times before I lost sight of them as they moved towards North Durras. 
Rod Mackay
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