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White-faced Heron

Egretta novaehollandiae


The White-faced Heron is mostly light blue-grey in colour, with a characteristic white face. In flight, the dark flight feathers of the wing contrast with the paler grey plumage, making this bird easily identifiable when viewed from below. It has a long, slim neck and a pointed grey-black bill. The legs are long and dull yellow in colour. Sexes are similar.


White-faced Herons are the most commonly seen herons in Australia. They are found throughout the mainland and Tasmania, and most coastal islands. White-faced Herons can be found anywhere where there is water, from tidal mudflats and coastal reefs to moist grasslands and gardens.


This series was taken early in the morning and the sun was rising. They flew in and landed on the tree, making a perfect photo! An ibis flew past just at the right moment too!

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Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 5 years ago

Lovely Pictures,

Megs18 6 years ago

Thanks mdwildlife! Yes, the sun did a great job in putting some lovely lighting on this photo.

mdwildlife 6 years ago

The lighting on this first shot is incredible! and the angle on the second shot is pretty funny. Nice series

4551, Queensland, Australia

Lat: -26.82, Long: 153.12

Spotted on Jun 17, 2012
Submitted on Jun 17, 2012

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