Ardea alba (Linnaeus, 1758)

Common Name: 
Great Egret
Distribution: 

Great Egrets occur throughout most of the world. They are common throughout Australia, with the exception of the most arid areas.

Ecological Notes: 

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.

Additional Notes: 

Prey is captured whilst the bird wades through shallows, or stands motionless, before stabbing at prey.

References: 

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.