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Colonial nesterEgretta novaehollandiae

White-faced Heron at Cotter Reserve

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Egretta novaehollandiae at Cotter Reserve - 23 Sep 2018
Egretta novaehollandiae at Cotter Reserve - 23 Sep 2018
Egretta novaehollandiae at Cotter Reserve - 23 Sep 2018
Egretta novaehollandiae at Cotter Reserve - 23 Sep 2018
Egretta novaehollandiae at Cotter Reserve - 23 Sep 2018

Identification history

Colonial nester Egretta novaehollandiae 3 Oct 2018 natureguy
Colonial nester Egretta novaehollandiae 2 Oct 2018 BIrdsinCanberra

Author's notes

My eye was drawn to a white object on the opposite side of the river. I initially thought it was some rubbish that had drifted down with the current and was now stuck in the mud. Bringing my camera to my eye so I could look through the telephoto lens I realised I was looking at a White-faced Heron freezing in place as it looked for food to eat. It was in front of a carcass of a large animal, which may have been drawing insects. Photos two and three below show the heron hunting the insects possibly attracted by the dead animal. Photo four was when the heron stretched up to full height.

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Wallabia bicolor (Swamp Wallaby) at Cotter Reserve - 23 Sep 2018
Strepera versicolor (Grey Currawong) at Cotter Reserve - 23 Sep 2018
Eschscholzia californica (California Poppy) at Cotter Reserve - 11 Sep 2018
Erodium cicutarium (Common Storksbill, Common Crowfoot) at Cotter Reserve - 11 Sep 2018
Fumaria sp. (Fumitory) at Cotter Reserve - 11 Sep 2018
Pieris rapae (Cabbage White) at Cotter Reserve - 24 Apr 2017
Citrullus lanatus (Wild Melon, Camel Melon, Bitter Melon) at Cotter Reserve - 24 Apr 2017
Adriana tomentosa var. tomentosa (Eastern bitterbush) at Cotter Reserve - 26 Mar 2017
Kunzea ericoides (Burgan) at Cotter Reserve - 3 Dec 2014
Geranium solanderi var. solanderi (Native Geranium) at Cotter Reserve - 3 Dec 2014
Anchusa arvensis (Small Bugloss) at Cotter Reserve - 3 Dec 2014

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  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

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  • 23 Sep 2018 7:47 AM Recorded on
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