The White-faced Heron (Egretta novaehollandiae) is the most common heron seen in Australia. They will be found anywhere there is water, such as mudflats, most wetlands, creeks and farm dams. They have also been known to adapt to urban areas.
In the above photo, this White-faced Heron was on the hunt in a dried up part of Lake Colac. Although, it was only about 5 or 6 metres from the water’s edge.
This Heron was seen strutting out in Barongarook Creek. This part of the creek is between two main roads and only a short distance from the city business district. Despite this, I have found this creek to be a good spot for finding waterbirds.
Adult White-faced Herons grow between 60 to 70 centimetres with 65cms being the average size. Their breeding season is from October to December and the clutch is usually 3 or 4 eggs. In a good wet season, it could be double that and the breeding season could be extended. The nest is an untidy bundle of sticks in a tree.
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