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Eastern Reef Egret

Egretta sacra

Description:

"The species displays an unusual, non-sexual dimorphism, with some members having entirely white plumage ('light' morph) and others (the larger portion) being charcoal-grey ('dark' morph). The reason for the colour variation or "morph", is unknown, though it is most commonly thought to be related to camouflage." (Wiki) "The dark form has a slate-grey body and wings, with a small white streak on the throat, the bill is slate-brown, and the legs are grey. The eyes of both forms are yellow." (Birdlife Australia)

Habitat:

Check out this beautiful bird: https://youtu.be/wkRWzaITVRA hunting along the shoreline and from atop a rock (pic 4) at Pender Bay, Dampier Peninsula.

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Dampier Peninsula, Western Australia, Australia

Spotted on Aug 12, 2019
Submitted on Jul 7, 2020

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