I am not familiar with the "Australian Bird Identification page" ... but
readers of Birding Aus may remember my highlighting this 'freak Egret' back in
June. We had a Birdlife Capricornia outing to the gardens in November and saw
the bird again albeit in much closer circumstances with Gary Knight getting
some excellent photos ... no doubt the discussion you referred to. Clearly,
this bird has been a relatively long term resident. It is interesting to see
how the head plumes have developed - no sign at all in June, starting to show
in November and now well developed. I personally still think it is a Little
Egret based on size and behaviour ... although the legs look wrong ... and so
you can talk yourself into just about any ID.
I am of the opinion your Godwits are of the Black Tailed variety - a relatively
unusual sighting for those lagoons ... as are the avocets - plenty in the
district but usually keep to the saltier water bodies. Clearly the dry hot
summer is pushing the salinity of Murray up a bit at the moment.
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> Date: Sat, 2 Jan 2016 19:12:22 +1100
> From: Sonja Ross <>
> To: Laurie Knight <>
> Cc: Gary Kane <>, Birding Aus
> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Unusual heron and lots of godwits at Murray
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> This bird has been discussed on the Australian Bird Identification page in
> November, without absolute conclusion! The choices seemed to be between
> Little Egret and White-faced Heron or even a cross between the two!
> On Sat, Jan 2, 2016 at 6:54 PM, Laurie Knight <>
> > Perhaps it is a Little Egret that is crossed with something grey or that
> > has copped a dose of grey paint ?
> > Regards, Laurie.
> > On 2 Jan 2016, at 5:18 pm, Gary Kane <> wrote:
> > > Dear team
> > >
> > > I have just come back from playing with my new scope at the lagoons
> > around
> > > the Botanic Gardens at Rockhampton and can report spectacular birdlife.
> > >
> > > I have attached a photo of a heron I could not identify, any assistance
> > > would be appreciated.
> > >
> > > There were also 40+ godwits. I have attached two pretty poor photos to
> > two
> > > separate emails. Again, assistance with identification if possible would
> > > be appreciated. I thought black-tailed..
> > >
> > > Thanks. Gary.
> > >
> > > Gary Kane
> > > (07) 3846 5965; 0412 423 023
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