eBirders! Take care with Egret identification - it can be tricky

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Subject: eBirders! Take care with Egret identification - it can be tricky
From: Con <>
Date: Wed, 16 Mar 2022 06:37:44 +0000
Hi Kim

Birdlife Photography is an interest group within Birdlife Australia.

It has a huge library of over 30,000 images of Australian birds, 
including of all the Australian egrets.

People who are learning the ropes could access this library by going to:

Click on 'search options'

Go to 'find species'

type in 'egret'

click on the egret species that you think it might be.

You will then be presented with many images

scroll through the images.

(The images have been moderated to ensure that the species 
determinations are correct).

kind regards


On 3/16/2022 2:32 PM, Kim Farley via Canberrabirds wrote:
> Dear eBirders
> 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
> Kim Farley
> ACT eBird reviewer
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