Guardian Nature School Team Contact Blog Project Noah Facebook Project Noah Twitter

A global community of nature enthusiasts
photographing and learning about wildlife

Join Project Noah!
nature school apple icon

Project Noah Nature School visit nature school

Eastern Great Egret

Ardea modesta


A large bird 1 metre in length, with white plumage, a yellow bill and long reddish and black legs.


Wetland habitats including swamps and marshes, margins of rivers and lakes, damp or flooded grasslands, pastures or agricultural lands, reservoirs, sewage treatment ponds, drainage channels, salt pans and salt lakes, salt marshes, estuarine mudflats, tidal streams; mangrove swamps, coastal lagoons, and offshore reefs.


The Eastern Great Egret was recently elevated to full species status. The colours of the bare parts change during the breeding season. Often occurring solitarily, or in small groups when feeding but they also roost in large flocks that may consist of hundreds of birds. Colonies in south-eastern Australia often number in the hundreds of pairs but colonies in the north of Australia may contain thousands of pairs.

Species ID Suggestions

Sign in to suggest organism ID

No Comments

Mark Ridgway
Spotted by
Mark Ridgway

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Apr 23, 2013
Submitted on Apr 25, 2013

Spotted for Mission

Related Spottings

Garça (Ardea cinerea) Ardea cinerea Grey Heron Great Egret

Nearby Spottings

Creek grasshopper Ribbed Case Moth Red Fox Four-winged eucalyptus gall
Noah Guardians
Noah Sponsors

Join the Project Noah Team Join Project Noah Team