6. Herons, egrets and ibises in Australia

The number of species that we saw in this group was quite amazing, either that or we were extremely lucky. Some of these we saw seldom, others more often and also in New Zealand, such as the White-faced Heron. We saw only 1 Brolga, a species of crane. Of especial note is the colouration of Australian Cattle Egrets in breeding plumage where the head and neck colouration is an incredibly rich reddish-orange, much more so than the birds we see in Europe, so that one might be forgiven for thinking that they are a separate species. We saw a total out of 14 species out of the 18 recorded for southern Queensland and which also includes 3 species of bitterns. I don't think that I can complain at that! The
Black-necked Stork photograph is included as it seems to more or less qualify within this group.
Black-necked Stork
Intermediate Egret - head
Intermediate Egret
Striated / Green Heron

Royal Spoonbill (L),  White Ibis (R)
Royal Spoonbills

White-faced Heron
White-necked Heron
Straw-necked Ibises (above & below)

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