Cattle Egrets at Manning Valley NSW

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Subject: Cattle Egrets at Manning Valley NSW
From: "Alan Morris" <>
Date: Wed, 10 Jan 2001 18:53:04 +1100
Hi Birders,
Brian Everingham's concern for the apparent decline in Cattle Egrets in the Manning Valley NSW may be partially misplaced. There has been a decline in the numbers of breeding Cattle Egret in coastal NSW (together with the other endemic egrets) during the period 1994-1997 however the number of breeding pairs in coastal colonies increased during the 1998/99 season and this increase has continued although at this stage the number of breeding pairs has not returned to the levels of say 1992/93.
However at this time of the year the Egrets are mostly back at the breeding colonies which are located in respect to the Manning Valley at Seaham, Shortland & Toronto to the south and Macksville, Grafton & Lawrence to the north, ie there is no breeding colony in the Manning Valley so that at this time of the year most of the birds would be elsewhere!
Alan Morris
NSWFOC Records Officer
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