birding-aus weird Pied Herons

To: "birding Aus" <>, "Hugo Phillipps" <>
Subject: birding-aus weird Pied Herons
From: Goodfellow <>
Date: Sun, 19 Sep 99 18:34:58 +0930
Hello All
Along with English birder Wendy Black I've just spotted a couple of weird 
looking herons at Leanyer Sewage Pond, Darwin.  They were a little larger 
than the Pied Herons with which they were standing.  Back and wings were 
dark grey except for a prominent white shoulder patch.  It was obvious 
both at rest and when they flew.  At first glance I thought they were 
White-necked Herons, until I saw how small they were.  The forehead was 
white, with a dark cap and nape.  Beak was yellowish and eyes were 
light-coloured.  Legs were dark; the tarsus lighter with a yellowish or 
grey-green tinge.  All I can think of is that they are hybrids between 
White-necked Heron and Pied.

A few years ago Hilary Thompson and I spotted strange Pied Herons at the 
sewage pond (I'd have to look up the description but I do remember they 
had rufous plumes) and concluded they must were probably hybrids but that 
time between White-faced and Pied.  
Denise Goodfellow

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