Yesterday I was very fortunate to have a close encounter with this Great Egret as it searched for food among the reeds and grass on the shore of Lake Colac.
The Great Egret (Ardea alba) has a white body, and wings, which can be up to a metre long. It has a long slender neck which is 1.5 times the length of the body and black (or dark grey) legs. They are native to Australia and are not considered endangered. The Great Egret is a carnivore, and will be found in freshwater wetlands and swamps.
The first image is of an non-breeding bird, evident by the lack of, or fewer, lacy scapular plumes and the yellow bill. The bill is usually black on breeding birds.
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