Great Egrets occur throughout most of the world. They are common throughout Australia, with the exception of the most arid areas.
Great Egrets prefer shallow water, particularly when flowing, but may be seen on any watered area, including damp grasslands, along estuarine margins and on sandbanks. Typically feeds alone preying on molluscs, amphibians, aquatic insects, small reptiles, crustaceans with fish comprising the bulk of its diet.
Prey is captured whilst the bird wades through shallows, or stands motionless, before stabbing at prey.
Atlas of Living Australia at https://bie.ala.org.au/species/NZOR-6-7107#overview Accessed 29 July 2020.
Birdlife Australia at http://www.birdlife.org.au/bird-profile/eastern-great-egret Accessed 27 July 2020.