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White faced Heron

Egretta novaehollandiae


It is a relatively small heron, pale, slightly bluish-grey, with yellow legs and white facial markings. It can be found almost anywhere near shallow water, fresh or salt, and although it is prompt to depart the scene on long, slow-beating wings if disturbed, it will boldly raid suburban fish ponds.


These two beautiful birds visited our property last weekend, in early winter.

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JillBlack 8 years ago

Thanks Mary please feel free to add your other wonderful spottings to the mission

JillBlack 8 years ago

Mary please consider adding this to Biodiversity of North Island New Zealand mission

bee.jacbs 9 years ago

Great! Thank you Mary. I look forward to your posts! :)

marycaughley 9 years ago

Thanks for your kind words. I have joined the group, it is a great idea :D

bee.jacbs 9 years ago

Hi Mary, Nice spotting and wonderful pictures! I'm starting a birds of New Zealand mission to document biodiversity within New Zealand. ( It would be wonderful if you would consider joining the mission and add your bird spottings to this mission and keep up the great posts. Cheers!

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Gisborne, New Zealand

Spotted on Jun 10, 2012
Submitted on Jun 13, 2012


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