Ardea alba (ARDEIDAE) Great Egret


A visitor to reedy margins and shallows at Enoggera Reservoir and other open places where water collects. Has been seen on the Ashgrove Golf Course at Waterworks Road The Gap. Voice is a deep croak when disturbed. The Great Egret is the symbol of the National Audubon Society. Feeds mostly on fish but also on molluscs, amphibians, aquatic insects, small reptiles, crustaceans and occasionally other small animals. Usually hunts in water, wading through the shallows, or standing motionless before stabbing at prey.
Photo: Derek Boddington