white-faced heron

heron

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The common White-faced Heron is unlikely to be mistaken for any other bird with their prominent white face and yellow legs easily distinguishable from a distance. They live in all parts of Australia but prefer wetlands. This one was very interested in whatever was happening in this pile of grass on Look At Me Now Headland that juts into the Pacific Ocean on the NSW North Coast. The mass of yellow flowers is one of the many low lying plants that carpet the headland.

cricket anyone?

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Herons are long-necked, long-legged waterbirds much like egrets but with colourful plumage. These White-faced Herons are about 65-70 cm and are found throughout Australia. They are easily distinguished by their white faces and bright yellow legs. I found a pair wandering around Look At Me Now Headland feeding on crickets while taking an early morning walk.

the heron

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Herons are long-necked, long-legged waterbirds and this White-faced Heron is common across Australia. There are always a few picking their dainty way over the nearby headland in search of small insects….

… the little dot in the background is a sea-eagle in flight.