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White-faced Heron (juvenile)

Egretta novaehollandiae


Juvenile White-faced Herons are "paler and duller than the adult[s], with brown grey shading on forehead and sides of head, making these features less white than in the adult. There is a narrow pink buff throat line. The underparts are brown grey. The chest is buff pink, without the chestnut of the adult. Immature birds lack lanceolate plumes on either their chest or back." (Heron Conservation - )


Perched in the tree near a small lake on a hot afternoon, Kingaroy, QLD.


First time seeing a juvenile! There were actually two of them together in the tree. There was an adult around as well but I never saw them altogether. In the video it is doing something with its throat: I'm not sure what it's doing so if anyone has any ideas please let me know.

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armadeus.4 3 years ago

Updated video link in notes section because the old one wasn't working.

armadeus.4 5 years ago

I have also added a link to the video in the notes somewhere :)

armadeus.4 5 years ago

Thank you Neil :)

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 5 years ago

Wonderful spotting. Great pics and notes too.

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Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Mar 6, 2019
Submitted on Mar 30, 2019

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