12 July, 2012

Intermediate Egret

Scientific Name: Egretta intermedia

Population Estimate: 180K - 1.3M

Range / Habitat: Found in a variety of wetland habitats -- inland, marine, even flooded fields -- from east Africa across the Indian Subcontinent to Southeast Asia and Australia.

Field Notes: Large white heron, with yellow bill and black legs. In breeding plumage bill orange and white plumes). Intermediate in size between larger herons, such as Great Heron (which never has orange bill, neck most often in '?' shape, and yellow gape extending past eyes), and smaller birds, such as Cattle Egret.

Personal Notes: Seen on a beautiful day of birding in Chiltern, Australia.

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