Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Little problem with Little Egret

Want to identify Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)? Easy. Look for the black bill. Unless, as above, the bird is new-fledged.

And yellow under the feet. Good luck with that one. Impossible to be sure of such a colour even when the bird does its best to help, as today at Orient Station.

Another uncommon sight at the station, two days ago, more than 30 Australian Pratincole (Stiltia isabella) feeding beside and in shallows receding after the final act of this season's Wet. Today, only two Pratincoles to be seen. 

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