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|Subject:||eBirders! Take care with Egret identification - it can be tricky|
|From:||Kim Farley via Canberrabirds <>|
|Date:||Wed, 16 Mar 2022 03:32:42 +0000|
Over the last few weeks there have been a fair few records submitted for different species of Egret at Kelly's Swamp. Most of these birds have turned out to be Cattle Egrets. Several Cattle Egrets are currently resident in the adjacent paddock and periodically fly across to Kelly's Swamp.
Can I ask our lovely newer eBirders (in particular) to take extra care with IDs for Egrets? Consult your field guide, or eBird's Explore Species, or Merlin, when looking at the bird. As a quick guide, is the bird bigger or smaller than an Ibis? Check the bill colour(s) and length, and the length of neck. Look at the coloured skin near the eye and bill and compare that to an illustration or photo of each species.
All the best
ACT eBird reviewer
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