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Egretta novaehollandiae

White-faced Heron at Penrose, NSW

Egretta novaehollandiae at Penrose, NSW - 28 Apr 2019
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Egretta novaehollandiae 1 Aug 2019 NigeHartley

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Common year round visitor to dams and even garden on occasions, usually singles

6 comments

KarenG wrote:
   1 Aug 2019
Lovely shot of the bird in flight Nigel!
BLSHFour wrote:
   1 Aug 2019
This is an incorrect identification. It is Ardea pacifica, White necked Heron. It is definitely not a white faced heron. Please correct. BLSHFour
BLSHTwo wrote:
   1 Aug 2019
Sorry BLSH4, I believe it is a White-faced heron for a number of reasons; the wings appear darker than normal for a WFH because the underside is heavily shaded, the head is not all white and most conspicuously, the legs are yellow which is consistent with a WFH.
Jenjen wrote:
   2 Aug 2019
Yes, once you get your eye in to the colour contrast and shadows - it is definitely white-faced heron - plays tricks with your eyes!
BLSHFour wrote:
   2 Aug 2019
But please....look again. The WFH head is not all white...the crown is grey. The WFH neck and body on the under side is grey with rufous over tones and the vent is not white. This bird has a white head, a white neck, a white body and a white vent. On both wings at the elbow one can just see the two headlights and the length of trailing legs is significant. Check in the CSIRO guide where there are images of both birds flying on page 183. This is a white necked heron. BLSHFour
natureguy wrote:
   2 Aug 2019
Hi all, this is clearly a White-faced Heron. White-faced Herons have a pale grey body and white face only (not the whole neck). This sighting from CNM shows a White-faced Heron in flight for comparison (https://canberra.naturemapr.org/Community/Sightings/Details/3388075). White-necked Herons are larger and also have a darker body with a completely white neck. See this White-necked Heron in flight (https://canberra.naturemapr.org/Community/Sightings/Details/4190465). Hope this helps.
Luke

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Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris (Eastern Spinebill) at Penrose, NSW - 13 Jul 2022 by NigeHartley Meliphaga lewinii (Lewin's Honeyeater) at Penrose, NSW - 13 Jul 2022 by NigeHartley Cacomantis flabelliformis (Fan-tailed Cuckoo) at Penrose, NSW - 12 Apr 2021 by NigeHartley Chrysococcyx lucidus (Shining Bronze-Cuckoo) at Penrose, NSW - 12 Apr 2021 by NigeHartley Phylidonyris novaehollandiae (New Holland Honeyeater) at Penrose, NSW - 8 Dec 2020 by NigeHartley Todiramphus sanctus (Sacred Kingfisher) at Penrose, NSW - 10 Nov 2020 by NigeHartley Cormobates leucophaea (White-throated Treecreeper) at Penrose, NSW - 12 Aug 2020 by NigeHartley Catopsilia pomona (Lemon Migrant) at Penrose, NSW - 6 Mar 2020 by NigeHartley Circus assimilis (Spotted Harrier) at Penrose, NSW - 10 Feb 2020 by NigeHartley Sericornis frontalis (White-browed Scrubwren) at Penrose, NSW - 9 Mar 2019 by NigeHartley Aquila audax (Wedge-tailed Eagle) at Penrose, NSW - 18 Dec 2018 by NigeHartley Amphibolurus muricatus (Jacky Lizard) at Penrose, NSW - 17 Dec 2018 by NigeHartley Vanellus miles (Masked Lapwing) at Penrose, NSW - 5 Dec 2018 by NigeHartley Neochmia temporalis (Red-browed Finch) at Penrose, NSW - 30 Nov 2018 by NigeHartley Philemon corniculatus (Noisy Friarbird) at Penrose, NSW - 10 Nov 2018 by NigeHartley Anthochaera carunculata (Red Wattlebird) at Penrose, NSW - 10 Nov 2018 by NigeHartley Strepera graculina (Pied Currawong) at Penrose, NSW - 7 Oct 2018 by NigeHartley Strepera versicolor (Grey Currawong) at Penrose, NSW - 29 Jun 2018 by NigeHartley Chrysococcyx lucidus (Shining Bronze-Cuckoo) at Penrose, NSW - 10 Mar 2018 by NigeHartley Chrysococcyx lucidus (Shining Bronze-Cuckoo) at Penrose, NSW - 3 Feb 2017 by NigeHartley Platycercus elegans (Crimson Rosella) at Penrose, NSW - 12 Jan 2015 by NigeHartley
Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris (Eastern Spinebill) at Penrose, NSW - 13 Jul 2022 by NigeHartley
Meliphaga lewinii (Lewin's Honeyeater) at Penrose, NSW - 13 Jul 2022 by NigeHartley
Cacomantis flabelliformis (Fan-tailed Cuckoo) at Penrose, NSW - 12 Apr 2021 by NigeHartley
Chrysococcyx lucidus (Shining Bronze-Cuckoo) at Penrose, NSW - 12 Apr 2021 by NigeHartley
Phylidonyris novaehollandiae (New Holland Honeyeater) at Penrose, NSW - 8 Dec 2020 by NigeHartley
Todiramphus sanctus (Sacred Kingfisher) at Penrose, NSW - 10 Nov 2020 by NigeHartley
Cormobates leucophaea (White-throated Treecreeper) at Penrose, NSW - 12 Aug 2020 by NigeHartley
Catopsilia pomona (Lemon Migrant) at Penrose, NSW - 6 Mar 2020 by NigeHartley
Circus assimilis (Spotted Harrier) at Penrose, NSW - 10 Feb 2020 by NigeHartley
Sericornis frontalis (White-browed Scrubwren) at Penrose, NSW - 9 Mar 2019 by NigeHartley
Aquila audax (Wedge-tailed Eagle) at Penrose, NSW - 18 Dec 2018 by NigeHartley
Amphibolurus muricatus (Jacky Lizard) at Penrose, NSW - 17 Dec 2018 by NigeHartley
Vanellus miles (Masked Lapwing) at Penrose, NSW - 5 Dec 2018 by NigeHartley
Neochmia temporalis (Red-browed Finch) at Penrose, NSW - 30 Nov 2018 by NigeHartley
Philemon corniculatus (Noisy Friarbird) at Penrose, NSW - 10 Nov 2018 by NigeHartley
Anthochaera carunculata (Red Wattlebird) at Penrose, NSW - 10 Nov 2018 by NigeHartley
Strepera graculina (Pied Currawong) at Penrose, NSW - 7 Oct 2018 by NigeHartley
Strepera versicolor (Grey Currawong) at Penrose, NSW - 29 Jun 2018 by NigeHartley
Chrysococcyx lucidus (Shining Bronze-Cuckoo) at Penrose, NSW - 10 Mar 2018 by NigeHartley
Chrysococcyx lucidus (Shining Bronze-Cuckoo) at Penrose, NSW - 3 Feb 2017 by NigeHartley
Platycercus elegans (Crimson Rosella) at Penrose, NSW - 12 Jan 2015 by NigeHartley

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  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

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  • 28 Apr 2019 05:33 PM Recorded on
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