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White-faced Heron, Egretta novaehollandiae

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The White-faced Heron, Egretta novaehollandiae, also known as the White-fronted Heron, and incorrectly as the Grey Heron, or Blue Crane, is a common bird throughout most of Australasia, including New Guinea, the islands of Torres Strait, Indonesia, New Zealand, the islands of the Subantarctic, and all but the driest areas of Australia.

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.

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5 Jul 2013 10:10AM
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tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
5 Jul 2013 11:53AM
A fine shot of one of nature's fishermen

Love the eye - typical Heron


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