Eastern Great Egret
|Other Common Names|
Great Egret, Large Egret
Breeding season: October to December, in the south. Clutch size is two to three. Breeds in colonies, often alongside cormorants, ibises and other egrets. The nest is a large platform of sticks placed in a tree over water. Both sexes construct the nest. The nest from previous years may often be used. Both sexes incubate eggs and care for the young.
The length of its neck is greater than the length of its body. Its neck has a kink two-thirds of the way up. A dark line extends from the base of the bill to behind the eye.
Source: Atlas of Living Australia
The Eastern Great Egret is the largest of the Australian egrets.
Carnivore. Feeds on molluscs, amphibians, aquatic insects, small reptiles, crustaceans and occasionally other small animals, but fish make up the bulk of its diet. Feeds alone. Hunts in water, wading through the shallows, or standing motionless before stabbing at prey.
Found in damp grasslands and any watered area.
Native to Australia