Little Egret dark morph on Gold Coast, Qld

To: "Nikolas Haass" <>, "BIRDING-AUS" <>
Subject: Little Egret dark morph on Gold Coast, Qld
From: "Mike Carter" <>
Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2011 14:23:00 +1000
Interesting that you can be so adamant Nikolas, just by viewing a single image. 
I can see nothing odd in the jizz (but jizz is always a subjective value 
anyway), bill shape looks typical to me, as does bill colour. Leg length and 
leg colour vary within this species and in my experience are within the range 
expected in juvenile Little Egret. I do perhaps have two advantages over you. 
Firstly, I have seen additional images of this bird and that I recently went 
through the exercise of having to ID difficult Little Egrets at the Eastern 
Treatment Plant here in Melbourne. I wrote a discussion paper on that problem 
and possibly posted it somewhere, perhaps on BOCA's web site or BIRDING-AUS. I 
must direct you to it or send you a copy. I have also had the task of 
distinguishing, describing and analysing Western Reef Egret on the Cocos 
(Keeling) Islands.
Regarding my previous posting on why it isn't a Pied Heron I failed to make 
clear that that species is considerably smaller than Little Egret whereas this 
individual was similar in size to another, a typical bird, also present.   

Mike Carter
30 Canadian Bay Road
Mount Eliza  VIC 3930
Tel  (03) 9787 7136

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