Glossy Ibis at Reedy Lake and Intermediate Egret

To: Tim Dolby <>, Birding-Aus Mail <>
Subject: Glossy Ibis at Reedy Lake and Intermediate Egret
From: Ian Montgomery <>
Date: Fri, 26 Jan 2001 12:57:45 +1100

I also saw 3 Glossy Ibises at Reedy Lake, Bellarine Peninsula, Victoria,
on 13th Feb.

The location was as follows.  Enter by Moolap Road and park at the very
end.  Continue on foot in the same direction as Moolap Road along a path
for about 50metres until you get to the edge of the swamp.  The Ibis
were on the left.  If straight ahead (direction of Moolap Road) is 12
o'clock, then the Ibis were at 10oc in the edge of the reed bed about
100m from the edge of the swamp.

I  believe there was also an Intermediate Egret with them, though the
locals are sceptical.  There were Great Egrets present for comparison
and I am familiar with IEs in NSW.  It was in partial breeding plumage
and first attracted my attention when it flew in.  Smaller than the
Greats with short neck, different gape (Greats have a gaunt look), bill
slightly orange, plumes on both back and breast (latter is supposed to
be diagnostic).

Ian Montgomery, Queenscliff, Victoria.

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